Yesterday on a Houston sports radio show, a former NFL player made a comment about how NFL GMs avoid signing free agents that are active with the NFLPA when possible. He mentioned Mawae and said that he was still playing very good football but nobody gave him an offer because of his role with the NFLPA. The lockout added to his particular case of being blackballed. I just looked at Mawae's wikipedia page briefly and it mentioned that Mawae believed his role contributed to his early retirement. If true, it's kind of a shame that NFL politics shortened the lengthy career of an all-time great LSU Tiger.