NEW YORK (AP) Former NFL wide receiver James Thrash has been hired jointly by the NFL and the players' union as an appeals officer for on-field player discipline.

The announcement of the hiring of Thrash, who played with the Redskins and Eagles from 1997-2008, was made Monday by the league and the NFLPA. He joins Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks to handle such appeals.

Since retiring, Thrash headed player development for Washington, helping coordinate an internship program for players, working with players and their families on financial programs and continuing education initiatives. Thrash then joined the league's player engagement staff, where he worked for three years.

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The NFL and NFLPA jointly pay appeals officers.

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