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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in conjunction with the NFL Players Association has established the first NFL Player Advisory Council to advise the commissioner on a regular basis on a wide range of issues that affect players...

The Player Advisory Council will meet regularly throughout the year with Commissioner Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director Gene Upshaw to discuss competition on the field, player safety, medical and health issues, player conduct, retired player issues, and other matters.

I'd say the emphasis here is on player conduct as all recent League action has centered on that.

I also think it's interesting that Goodell, in conjunction with the NFLPA, has formed this committee to discuss retired players issues, since it was a branch of the NFLPA that recently requested that a court dismiss a suit against them brought by 3,500 actual retired players for inadequate representation -- no conflict of interest there. Who actually represents the actual 3,500 actual retired players with actual legal concerns over the actual handling of actual retired players issues is anyone's guess, actually.

That's not entirely fair, as just because the NFLPA participated in naming the council doesn't mean the individuals involved are in the Player's Association's pocket, though it does raise some concerns. That said, the new council is made up (from what I can tell) of outstanding veterans including one of Your Washington Redskins:

The six members of the council were selected by the NFLPA. It is comprised of safety Donovin Darius of the Jacksonville Jaguars, fullback Tony Richardson of the Minnesota Vikings, center Jeff Saturday of the Indianapolis Colts, linebacker Takeo Spikes of the Philadelphia Eagles, wide receiver James Thrash of the Washington Redskins, and free-agent safety Troy Vincent, who is president of the NFL Players Association.
I love James Thrash. He's an excellent option at the #4 receiver, has no problem going over the middle, always seems to bring in clutch catches, moves chains, and happens to be our best blocking WR. He's the quintessential earner of Blue-Collar-Dollars that every team wishes they had more of. And:
HOMETOWN: Wewoka, Ok.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Has 272 catches for 3,458 yards with 19 touchdowns in 137 games for Philadelphia and Washington. Played in 16 games last season for Washington, catching 12 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown ... In 2000, was the Redskins' Ed Block Courage Award recipient and was named the team's Unsung Hero Award winner ... Is active in CAUSE Ministries -- Christian Athletes United for Spiritual Empowerment ... Graduated from Missouri Southern in spring of 2001 with degree in criminal justice via online courses offered by school. Has participated in internship with Loudoun County (VA) Sheriff's Department.

Hail to James Thrash for representing the players, and the Washington Redskins, on the NFL's first Player Advisory Council.