Last year, Arthur McAfee tried to become the executive director of the NFL Players Association. This year, he has become an executive with the NFL.The league has announced that McAfee is the new Senior Vice President of Player Engagement, where he and his staff will assists players on and off the field by providing guidance, support and resources before, during and after their NFL experiences.
A former attorney for the NFL Players Association, he was one of nine candidates for the NFLPA executive director job that DeMaurice Smith retained in 2015.
“Arthur brings a distinguished body of work in player advocacy to our team,” said NFL VP Troy Vincent in a statement. “His vast experience will further assist our department in advancing the game by serving all players — past, present and future.”
McAfee is a founding partner of The McAfee Group, a consulting firm that advises sports leagues and organizations — including the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association and the USA Track & Field Athletes Advisory Council — agents, athletes and others on sports-related business and legal affairs. Prior to that, McAfee was a staff counsel for the NFLPA and an enforcement representative for the NCAA.McAfee has also taught sports law at Georgetown University.
Arthur, is a native Wichitan. His father Arthur is brother to architect Charles McAfee and a Wichita State University graduate. His father Arthur, Jr. – Atty. Arthur is Arthur III – is a legend in his own right. Arthur, Jr. is the former Morehouse College athletic director and legendary head basketball. In 2013, Coach McAfee was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame
As the head coach of the men’s basketball program, McAfee quickly turned Morehouse into a powerhouse. In over three decades of coaching, McAfee picked up 517 wins, which included 464 wins at Morehouse. His teams won three conference titles in six appearances, in addition to earning three NCAA playoff berths.