Ravens Kicker Wants to Oust NFLPA Boss

Stover's email details plan to replace Upshaw as union director
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2008 12:39 PM CDT
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, center, talks with Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young (10) and center Kevin Mawae (68). Mawae was elected NFLPA president in March.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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(Newser) – In an email obtained by ESPN, Ravens kicker Matt Stover outlines a plan to install a new NFL Players Association Executive Director by March 2009. Stover cites other union reps' agreement that "it is time for a change" from Gene Upshaw's leadership. "Matt Stover has no clue. Whoever is pulling his chain is doing a disservice to the union," says Upshaw.

The NFLPA boss, whose contract runs through 2010, acknowledges that a group of players is interested in change, but defends his work for the union. "I could understand the idea that they need to get rid of me if I wasn't doing a good job but, shoot, the owners are mad because they think I've done too good of a job."