As a federal prosecutor, DeMaurice Smith never backed off.
That’s precisely how Smith, more lately as head of the NFL Players Association, secured a good contract for his members in 2011 and averted a strike.
His secrets? Smith uses three P’s: He pushes, prods and plans.
Specifically on the planning piece, he spends two hours every weekend “war gaming,” or assessing what strategic hits his organization has suffered, how that might be attacked next and where he thinks his opponent is vulnerable.
He calls it “3-D chess.”
— Adapted from “The Fighter,” Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated.