NFL's Longest Work Stoppage Ends

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith speaks with reporters outside the NFL Players Association headquarters in Washington, Monday, July 25, 2011, after the NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps voted unanimously Monday to approve the terms of a deal with owners to the end the 4½-month lockout. i

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith speaks with reporters outside the NFL Players Association headquarters in Washington, Monday, July 25, 2011, after the NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps voted unanimously Monday to approve the terms of a deal with owners to the end the 4½-month lockout. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith speaks with reporters outside the NFL Players Association headquarters in Washington, Monday, July 25, 2011, after the NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps voted unanimously Monday to approve the terms of a deal with owners to the end the 4½-month lockout.

NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith speaks with reporters outside the NFL Players Association headquarters in Washington, Monday, July 25, 2011, after the NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps voted unanimously Monday to approve the terms of a deal with owners to the end the 4½-month lockout.

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After more than four months, NFL players and owners have reached an agreement to end the lockout. NFL Players Association Head DeMaurice Smith tells host Michel Martin what he's most grateful about under the new deal and what was the toughest to give up. They also discuss what players were doing during the lockout, and what fans can expect this fall.

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