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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 05: Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell speaks to members of the media during the NFL Commissioner Press Conference held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 5, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
I think I left my position as vice president of officiating in the NFL too early. Why? Because I used to love to see commissioner Roger Goodell when he was angry, I mean really pissed off! I liked it better when others made him mad, but God knows I made him angry more than once. He would hold me accountable if there was an officiating mistake that happened on the field -- especially if we failed to make a call when a defenseless player was targeted and illegally hit. It made no difference what time it was. I might be in the fourth quarter of the Monday night game nearing midnight on the East Coast. I would get the call in the command center. He is that committed to player safety. I learned a couple of things early on that Gregg Williams and the Saints obviously hadn't. First was never to circumvent the rules. Second and most important, don't BS Roger Goodell. He can't stand to be lied to, period, no matter what the subject is. And you want to raise the thinning hair of the back...
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