An LSU standout, Mawae was one of the NFL’s top offensive linemen for 16 seasons, being voted to eight Pro Bowls, and he made seven All-Pro teams. Even after his remarkable playing career ended after the 2010 Pro Bowl, he had a major influence on the NFL in his role as president of the NFL Players Association from 2008-12. A standout player at Leesville High School,  Mawae lined up in college at left tackle, left guard and center and was a long snapper for the Tigers from 1990-93. He earned first-team All-SEC honors in 1991 and capped his college career by playing in the Blue-Gray Game and Senior Bowl. Mawae played guard in his first two NFL seasons after being taken in the second round of the 1994 draft (36th overall) by the Seattle Seahawks.  He moved to center in 1996 and played 14 seasons there for the Seahawks, New York Jets and Tennessee Titans, starting 238 of 241 games played  during his career -- including all 16 regular-season games 12 times.  A year after his retirement, he ranked 14th in NFL history with 238 starts.  His eight Pro Bowl selections included six in a row from 1999-2004 and the final two came with the Titans (2008-09) at the ages of 37 and 38. Mawae was a first-team selection on at least one of the NFL-recognized All-Pro teams in seven of his 16 seasons (AP first-team pick in 1999, 2001 and 2008). During the 2008 offseason, Mawae and his family spent two weeks in Africa with Children’s Cup International Relief and he also created the First and Goal Challenge to benefit the Child Life Program and Pediatric Services at Winthrop University Hospital in New York.  He served as his team’s NFL player rep from 1999-2001 and was on the NFL Players Association Executive Committee from 2002-12 — capping his stay with a four-year term as president, helping navigate a contentious labor dispute with owners and saving the 2011 season with a long-term agreement. Born 1/23/71 in Savannah, Ga.