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Byline: Rick Gosselin Dallas Morning NewsMarc Logan strolled out of the Washington locker room after practice one day last summer wearing a Players, Inc.'' T shirt.Players, Inc. is a marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), which throws the considerable weight of the union and its members behind such products as trading cards, interactive games and a clothing line. All are money makers. All funnel supplemental income into the pockets of players.How ironic. Ten years ago, Logan was a pawn in the NFL's effort to bust the union. Now he's a card carrying member of the NFLPA.Monday was the 10th anniversary of that NFL players' strike, which took the John Elways, Dan Marinos and Jerry Rices off the field for four weeks in 1987. But this is an anniversary the NFL doesn't care to celebrate.It was a waste of time from the players' point of view and a waste of time from management's point of view,'' Redskins general manager Charley Casserly said. It didn't accomplish anything.''But there is a host of players willing to argue that point. Logan and 19 other current NFL players were hired as replacement workers during the strike. They parlayed that chance a final chance for most into careers of Kevin Pierre-Louis Authentic Jersey surprising duration.Ten years later, former strike player Erik Kramer opened this season as the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears. Darrick Brilz, Ray Brown and Jeff Criswell all start on NFL offensive lines. John Carney and Steve Bono have gone to a Pro Bowl. Brilz, Brown, Logan, Bono and Mike Prior wear Super Bowl rings.All have proved themselves to be bona fide football players. Back then, they were viewed merely as scabs.I wish everyone would forget about that,'' Logan said of his buried past. Every now and then, someone finds out and says, Aw, he was a scab.' It's like a joke now. But it wasn't a joke then.''Not to the union, http://www.nflseahawksofficialonline.com/Kevin_Norwood_Jersey_Seahawks anyway. The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expired in August 1987 and negotiations were at a dead end. The holdup was free agency. Baseball players had it, winning their freedom in arbitration in the 1970s. Now football players wanted it.But the owners said no and continued to say no to all attempts by the union to include free agency in a new CBA. So the NFLPA decided to draw the line and force management's hand no contract and no free agency would mean no more games after Sept. 21.The NFL players had walked out for 57 days in 1982, almost destroying a season. The league wound up playing an abbreviated nine game schedule that year before crowning the Washington Redskins champion. Owners resolved their game would never be crippled like that again.So when the players threatened to walk in 1987, the owners schemed to replace them. NFLPA members didn't take that threat seriously.I can recall the players at the beginning saying, No one will go see that. No one can replace me. I wear No. 80, not some guy they put out there,' '' recalled Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFLPA then and now. Then all of a sudden, after a week or so, even though they couldn't replace them, there were guys out there.''Guys like former USFL star Eric Truvillion and an over the hill gang of veteran quarterbacks like Tony Adams, Vince Evans and John Reaves.But mostly the strikers were nobodies. Players not good enough to make NFL teams. Draft picks and free agents who had been cut loose in recent training camps, then hired back for the replacement games.Players like Logan. He was a fifth round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1987 who lasted in camp until the final cut.Logan hadn't experienced rejection often in his football career. He had been a star running back in high school and college. He didn't know how many rejection slips he would be allotted by NFL teams before they stopped calling.I didn't know what I was doing, what I was getting into,'' Logan said. I was fresh into the league and didn't know anything about the game or the league. I viewed it as a chance to let people see me play. I felt my talent would be showcased. But it was a tough decision. Extremely tough.''Not for Criswell. He wasn't from Notre Dame or Alabama, or even Kentucky, where Logan played. Criswell played at tiny Graceland College in Iowa. He went undrafted out of college and couldn't get a look from the NFL. There were no calls from teams, no offers for tryouts, no invitations to training camp.So when the Indianapolis Colts called to offer him a job on their replacement team, he jumped. Forget the fact it was his first call. Criswell fretted it might be his only call.It was a very easy decision for me,'' said Criswell, now a starting tackle for Kansas City. That got me in the league.''Even after he made his decision to sign with the San Diego replacement team, Joe Phillips still wasn't sure it was the right thing to do. The former SMU defensive tackle had equal weights on his decision making scale his desire to play in the NFL was countered by his family's background in labor. His father was a Teamster, his grandfather a member of the boilermakers' union.I came from a family that worked for a living,'' Phillips said. To cross a union line was, well, different. I remember talking to my father about how professional athletics was different than a Teamsters' or ironworkers' strike. Football is something more fleeting.It was hard for me to equate a guy trying to earn a wage to support his family month to month with a professional athlete trying to go from $250,000 to $350,000. I really couldn't see how you could view those two groups as similar. Both are labor, but one group is compensated relatively exorbitant compared to that other.''
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