Ryan Clark named to NFLPA Executive Committee, spurns back-up role in Pittsburgh

Ex-Steelers safety Ryan Clark earned a position of prominence within the NFLPA, and also said he wouldn't accept a back-up role with the Steelers if one was offered to him.

Former Steelers safety Ryan Clark is following Charlie Batch again.

The former Steelers quarterback ascended from Steelers player rep within the NFLPA to its executive committee and was replaced by Ryan Clark when Batch retired. Clark, who lost to Eric Winston for NFLPA president Wednesday, was placed on the executive committee, along with Winston, Jay Feely, Zach DeOssie, Mark Herzlich, Adam Vinatieri, Scott Wells and Lorenzo Alexander.

Clark is moving on in that regard, but he is still eligible to sign anywhere. As he said on Twitter, though, that "anywhere" won't be a back-up in Pittsburgh, should the offer be made.

That's pretty clear. It's also understandable. He's not going to come back to town as a back-up. Players with post-football marketing reach can make a good amount of money - albeit less than a back-up at league minimum - in other arenas and not assume the risk an NFL player has to face every time he steps on the field.

Clark is primed for a post-NFL media career, being a back-up safety likely is not as attractive of an option.

Either way, whatever path he chooses, he has a position of importance within the union now. There will likely be news coming from him on that, considering he was the Steelers' player rep when the Steelers were the only team to not vote in favor of the new CBA signed in 2011.

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