Maryland Seniors May Get Inside Look at NFL

Head of NFLPA to give commencement address

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 11: NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith addresses reporters after the league and the NFL Players Association failed to reach an agreement in labor talks at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. The NFLPA has filed for decertification and will no longer be the exclusive collective bargaining representative for the players. Players will now be able to file antitrust lawsuits against the NFL. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

    Right now he’s a little busy fighting NFL owners over $9 billion.

    But in a couple of months, NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith will take a break to give some advice to the students at the University of Maryland.

    Maryland has announced that Smith will address graduating seniors for their commencement on May 19.

    Smith, who was elected as the NFLPA executive director just two years ago, was previously a successful lawyer with D.C. lawfirm Patton Boggs. He has also represented Halliburton and Ford Motor Company.

    Smith is a graduate of the University of Virginia and lives in Bethesda, Md., with his wife and two children.

    "He is the only executive director of the NFL Players Association to have never played professional football," Brian Toll, a senior accounting and finance major and the senior council's commencement speaker chairman, told The Diamondback. "I think that shows the type of person and leader he is and the amount of support he's generated."