Packers president Mark Murphy “a voice of moderation that could help settle the issues”

In an profile of Packers president Mark Murphy (right), who serves on the NFL’s 10-member Management Council Executive Committee which is responsible for labor negotiations, John Clayton writes, “recruiting Murphy into the mix as a bargainer was smart…[he] offers a voice of moderation that could help settle the issues before March 2011.”

“I bring a different background, and I think [Panthers owner] Jerry Richardson has some of the same as a former player,” said Murphy, who had an eight-year playing career with the Washington Redskins. “I think it’s helpful. Certainly, we are sensitive to the issues.”

Murphy was the assistant executive director for the NFLPA during the 1987 players’ strike. “The irony hits me sometimes,” he said. “There was a session at the NFLPA headquarters [last] summer. We were in the Ed Garvey Conference Room. We had a few minutes before the bargaining session and I looked up and saw pictures of the NFLPA through the decades. I was looking up. I was in the picture.”

Murphy was named Packers president and chief executive officer in December 2007.

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