Update: Attorney Jim Acho Nominated to Run for Executive Director of NFL Players Association

For those of you following Jim Acho’s run for the NFL Players Association Executive Director position, here are a few recent articles to update you.

Detroit Free Press: Michigan Attorney: Feedback Positive for NFLPA Role

NBC Sports: DeMaurice Smith has Four Challengers for NFLPA Position

Boston Globe: NFL Offseason is Off to a Bad Start

Bleacher Report: DeMaurice Smith to Run Against Multiple Candidates for NFLPA

CBS Sports: DeMaurice Smith has Another Challenger in Race for NFLPA Position


On Saturday January 3, 2015 Jim Acho, a senior attorney in our Livonia office, received a letter signed by numerous retired NFL players, including Hall of Famers, informing him that he was their nominee to challenge DeMaurice Smith for the NFL Players Association Executive Director position. A conference call followed and, with time of the essence, Acho accepted within 24 hours and declared his candidacy to the Executive Committee of Player Representatives.

Acho explained, “I am honored that the retired players think enough of me to ask me to run, and, as a result, I accepted.” He added, “I will do the very best I can to push the main agenda, which is long-term health care for the players. Hopefully the players will consider it enough of a pressing issue to vote for me. My promise to them is that I will get it done.”

Acho was recently a guest on WJR’s Frank Beckmann Show where he discussed his decision to run for the Executive Director position. Listen to Podcast here: http://www.wjr.com/page.php?page_id=821

The Detroit Free Press recently ran an article on Acho running for the NFLPA positon.  The article can be viewed here: http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2015/01/07/nflpa-jim-acho/21403193/

The Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel recently ran an article on Acho.  The article “St. Francis Grad. Aims to be Next NFLPA Chief” can be viewed here:  http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20150114/SPORTS/150119880/1002