Free agent offensive tackle Eric Winston was elected president of the NFL Players Association by his fellow player representatives on Thursday according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
Winston will replace outgoing NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth, who is no longer eligible for the position as he is no longer an active player. In a show of union solidarity, the first people to release the news were the two candidates who ran against Winston. Both New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson and free agent safety Ryan Clark congratulated Winston via Twitter.
Winston is currently without a team but has started 112 consecutive games with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Houston Texans, and the Arizona Cardinals. He was first elected an NFLPA player rep while with the Texans in 2010.