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.


Long snaps, and an even longer wait

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.

Part I

SHEBOYGAN, WI - MARCH 1: Former Washington Redskins Assistant Chris Meidt, now a market manager for seven Walmart stores in the Milwaukee, Wis., area, talks with Rachel Burke, a store manager for the Walmart in Sheboygan, Wis., Tuesday, March 1, 2011. When Meidt could not find another coaching position after the 2009-10 season, he took a job with Walmart. Meidt now oversees approximately 2,200 employees. (Photo by Katie N. Gardner/For The Washington Post)

Not calling plays, called to lead

Feeling locked out from following his coaching dream, former Redskins assistant Chris Meidt happens upon a new life as a Walmart manager.

Part III

Carmichael, a former Va Tech cornerback from Charles County, MD, was drafted last week by the Houston Texans in the fourth round. He is staying at his Blacksburg apt and working out to stay in shape while he waits for the lockout to end. Photo by Don Petersen

For Carmichael, an NFL dream deferred

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.

Part V

BEREA, OH - JUNE 4: Head coach Marty Schottenheimer looks on during an open tryout for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League on June 4, 2011 at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/For the Washington Post)

Competition for the NFL?

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.

Part VII

GROVEPORT, OH JUNE 22- Eric Smith and his sister Stacy rest at home after training at Groveport Madison High School in Groveport, Ohio. Smith, a safety for the New York Jets, has encountered difficulties due to the NFL lockout and has been in the league for six years, while still working on his rookie contract. He is currently living with his parents and training at his high school alma mater. (Photo by Andrew Spear/for The Washington Post)

Smith’s future up in the air

As the NFL lockout continues, defensive back Eric Smith is a free agent, with no contract and little knowledge what his future holds.

Part II

MANHATTAN, NY, APRIL 8, 2011  Sports agent Joby Branion, in black collar shirt, is seen with client, football player Von Miller, II, in blue sweatshirt and glasses, along with Miller's wealth management advisor Terrance WIlkerson, right, at a meeting with a CPA, Vernon Brown, left, in offices in Manhattan, NY. 4/8/2011(Photo by ©Jennifer S. Altman/For The Washington Post)

An agent’s story

Joby Branion is one of more than 750 agents caught in the middle of the NFL labor battle.

Part IV

An NFL football sits on a cooler as New York Jets defensive end Jamaal Westerman stands nearby, Thursday, June 2, 2011, as a group of players hold an informal practice in Morris County, N.J. Sione Pouha gathered a handful of his Jets defensive linemates, including first-round pick Muhammad Wilkerson, at a high school field to go through position drills while the NFL football lockout continues. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Lockout fallout: Tickets are a tough sell

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.

Part VI

VIENNA, VA - June 7: Scott Green in his office on Tuesday, June 9, 2011.  Green has been officiating in the NFL since 1991 and has been a referee since 2005. But that's only during the season. During the offseason, Green works for a D.C.-based lobbying firm that he co-founded, which specializes in public safety.   (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)

For NFL refs, lockout means timeout

Security consultant Scott Green’s first job keeps him busy, while his second job keeps him guessing.