JC Tretter ’13, a former second-team All-America left tackle who was taken by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2013 National Football League Draft, has been elected president of the NFL Players Association.
A graduate of the ILR School, Tretter was elected by the NFL’s board of player representatives. He replaces sitting president Eric Winston, former offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, who was not up for re-election after not playing in 2019.
A quarterback at Akron (New York) High School before being converted to tight end and then left tackle at Cornell, Tretter has been a starter for the Cleveland Browns for the past three seasons after spending his first four NFL seasons in Green Bay. He has served as the Browns’ NFLPA representative the past two seasons.
His election as NFLPA president comes at a critical time, as the players are preparing to vote on a new collective bargaining agreement. The deadline for players to vote on the 439-page agreement is March 14.
More than 2,000 members of the union are voting on the CBA; a simple majority is required for ratification.
“My goal is solely just to try to educate as many guys on the issues and then let people make their decision for themselves,” Tretter told The Buffalo News. “I do think it is a truly important decision to make and it’s one that will have long-term impact on each individual in this game, as well as the game itself.”