NFLPA's Smith: player safety an ongoing challenge

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CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- DeMaurice Smith has a difficult job.

As the Executive Director of the NFL's Players Association, it's Smith's job to strive to keep his players healthy.

Smith spoke at The Home Depot Center on Friday for the NFLPA's Collegiate Bowl, which will be played Saturday.

Player safety was the topic, and Smith knows there's more work to do.

"In 2009 when I took this job the head of the league's concussion committee was a rheumatologist," Smith said.

New rules have been implemented to improve safety, but he acknowledges that his job is an ongoing challenge.