NFLPA President Eric Winston said on Tuesday that a survey of about 4,500 current and former NFL players did not show that players had a desire or desire to enter the union.
The survey, which is part of the league’s ongoing work on player representation, was done in the last two weeks of September and October.
“That’s not what we found,” Winston said.
“It’s just not what the data showed.”
Winston said he believes the survey shows that there are significant disparities between players and non-players in terms of the kinds of jobs they want to do in the NFL, as well as the kinds and amount of money they want in the league.
Players, who make about $15 million per season, make up nearly 60 percent of the NFL’s player workforce.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that the survey showed that the NFL has a need for “new voices in the workplace and new perspectives and approaches to how we make decisions about how we are governed and how we invest in our teams.”
The survey was conducted by research firm Sageworks, which also conducted a similar survey in 2013 that was released earlier this year.
Sageworks said in its report that the results were “consistent with our prior surveys, which found that about 10 percent of NFL players are seeking employment outside the NFL.”
The NFLPA is one of many unions that have called for a full-scale boycott of the 2015 Super Bowl, which was played in Philadelphia.
The union has been among the most vocal in calling for the league to reinstate the suspensions for Tom Brady and the Patriots.
The players are not the only ones protesting the Super Bowl in protest of the way the game was played.
NFL owners are also trying to make sure players don’t lose their jobs.
“The NFL is not in a position to give up its players’ rights to strike,” NFL players union Executive Vice President Eric Reid said in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd.
“I’m not here to tell you that the league is going to stop playing football.”