Now that the NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed to a collective bargaining agreement that could bring about 10 years of labor peace, here's a timeline of how the league and players association arrived at this point.
May 20, 2008: National Football League owners vote unanimously to opt out of the 2006 collective bargaining agreement. The owners' decision to opt out changed the expiration of the agreement from the last day of the 2012 league year to March 3, 2011.
August 20, 2008: NFLPA Executive Director Gene Upshaw dies at age 63 from pancreatic cancer. A Hall of Fame guard for the Oakland Raiders, Upshaw had been actively involved in the NFLPA since the 1970s, becoming head of the union in 1983.
March 16, 2009: The NFLPA elects Washington, D.C.-based attorney DeMaurice Smith to a three-year term to succeed the late Gene Upshaw as the union's executive director.