The election was held at the NFLPA’s Board of Players Representatives meeting in Orlando, FL. Winston succeeds Domonique Foxworth, who was not eligible for re-election because he wasn’t on an NFL roster at the start of last season. Foxworth was unanimously elected in 2012 after serving four year on the executive committee.
Other players nominated for the position included New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson and free-agent safety Ryan Clark. Winston is also currently a free agent.
Winston, 30, played for the Hurricanes from 2002 to 2006 before being drafted in the third-round by the Houston Texans. He originally signed with the University of Miami as a tight end before moving to left tackle his sophomore year, where he exceled immensely. The third-round pick spent six years in Houston and was also elected as a co-alternate to the NFLPA by the Texans in 2010.
After his time with the Texans he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 and then played for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. He started 112 consecutive games for all three teams.