Locked Out: Swept up by the NFL labor crisis
The NFL work stoppage is affecting the lives of thousands of people whose careers are intertwined in one way or another with the country’s most popular sport. This series tells the stories of some of those people.
ROANOKE, VA--JUNE 30:?Danny Aiken, 22, a long snapper who graduated from the University of Virginia has been waiting for the lockout to end at home in Roanoke with his family. He wasn't drafted but may be signed quickly as a free agent. The lockout barred teams from signing free agents. He spends his time helping his mother, Vicki with her gardening business and working out, often with his younger brother, Matt Aiken 20, a wide receiver at the Naval Academy. He snaps with his brother in the backyard of their Roanoke home.
Virginia long snapper Danny Aiken has a shot to join an NFL team, but while he waits for the lockout to end, he helps his mother run her landscaping business.
Feeling locked out from following his coaching dream, former Redskins assistant Chris Meidt happens upon a new life as a Walmart manager.
Rashad Carmichael fulfilled a lifelong wish when he was drafted, but because of the NFL lockout, the former Virginia Tech cornerback hasn’t heard from the Houston Texans since.
Marty Schottenheimer unretires to lead new Virginia franchise in the UFL, a fledgling league hoping to fill a void left by the NFL work stoppage.
As the NFL lockout continues, defensive back Eric Smith is a free agent, with no contract and little knowledge what his future holds.
Joby Branion is one of more than 750 agents caught in the middle of the NFL labor battle.
The NFL work stoppage has created a climate of uncertainty for many businesses with ties to the league. Some teams and ticket brokers are already feeling the pinch.
Security consultant Scott Green’s first job keeps him busy, while his second job keeps him guessing.