This weekend, the NFL season will come to an end when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to compete for the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LV. Football is one of America’s most iconic pastimes, bringing people from all walks of life together to cheer for their favorite teams. None of this would be possible, however, without the league’s Players Association, which is the union that protects players’ rights from quarterbacks to punters and everyone in-between. Founded in 1956, the NFLPA has advocated for players from every era and continues to leave a positive impact on everyone involved.

Union spotlight: NFL players association

Union spotlight: NFL players association

Like many other unions, the NFLPA allows players to stand up for their health, rights, and protections. It’s easy to think of NFL athletes as superhumans, but at the end of the day, they are doing their job and need protections similar to other trades. As time has passed, changes to the game’s rules and standards have been made to protect players from injuries. Helmet technology allows for greater protection to player’s heads, which has long been a point of concern from fans. Certain types of tackles that were once legal but dangerous are now penalized to protect players. These changes have been made possible through negotiations brought forward in large part by the NFLPA.

The NFLPA’s current collective bargaining agreement, which will last through 2030, provides essential protections for NFL players around the league. These include increased revenue shares, higher minimum salaries, expanded roster capacity, and more. The NFLPA isn’t only focused on its own players, either. Charitable donations are made to a variety of organizations in the union’s name, and these efforts often provide avenues for former players to transition into the next phase of their professional career post-NFL. The union is made up of elected representative players from each team who speak for their teammate’s interests and desires. The union meets fairly regularly to ensure that the protocols being followed are up-to-date and all-encompassing. 

Soon enough, we will all be watching the big game, enjoying the halftime show, eating snacks, and making sure not to skip the commercials. For now, though, it’s important to show recognition and appreciation for the NFLPA, which makes all of that possible in the first place. Unions provide much-needed support for workers across America, and the Union Auto Program stands in solidarity with them always.

Union Member Benefits on New and Used Cars

Union Auto Program offers a convenient, fair-priced union member benefits program that offers a free choice of one Peace of Mind Benefit with a new or pre-owned vehicle purchase. With access to a network of union car dealers with a wide range of vehicle makes and models our NFL players benefit from huge savings!

Explore our different types of cars for sale or contact us to speak with one of our representatives to learn more about our union member auto sales program! Get started learning about our car specials, lease deals, and auto promotions available.

Additional Readings:

Union Auto Program Spotlight: Helmets to Hardhats

Union Spotlight: National Nurses United

Union Group Spotlight: Painters & Glaziers IUPAT + DC 77