Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Eric Winston will remain in his position as president of the NFL Players Association.
Winston tweeted out his gratitude at being re-elected as NFLPA president:
Honored to be re-elected as President of the NFLPA. Thank you to all the men for putting their faith in me.— Eric Winston (@ericwinston) March 18, 2016
Andrew Brandt of ESPN noted Winston ran unopposed.
The 32-year-old Winston, who has played for Cincinnati, Kansas City, Arizona and Houston in his 10-year career, was first elected president of the NFLPA in 2014 when he beat out Ryan Clark and Ben Watson.
Winston announced earlier this week he would be seeking a second term as NFLPA president, telling Tom Pelissero of USA Today it was a job he took a liking to: “I really enjoyed helping the guys, and I think this is a position for me in which I can affect the most change now with the most guys possible."
A former third-round pick, Winston has always been outspoken in favor of his fellow players. He once came to the aid of former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel after fans cheered when Cassel was injured during a game in 2012, per C.J. Moore (via Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com):
Boo him all you want; boo me all you want. Throw me under the bus. Tell me I'm doing a bad job. Say I got to protect him more. But if you're one of those people that were out there cheering or even smiled when he got knocked out, I just want to let you know and I want everybody to know that I think it's sickening and disgusting.
In addition to protecting his fellow players, Winston has taken a proactive approach to helping the NFL's concussion research program by agreeing to donate his brain after his death.
The job of an NFLPA president is to protect the interests of the players, both now and in the future. Winston has taken up that mantle wonderfully over the last two years and will have at least one more term to set an example for the rest of the league.