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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell watches teams warm up prior to the start of Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Before the Baltimore Ravens stormed into Mile High and stole a game they weren't supposed to win, Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the National Football League, stood at the front of a packed fourth-floor lounge at the stadium and answered questions from a sea of Denver Broncos' season-ticket holders. For more than 40 minutes, and then for another 10 minutes with a group of reporters, Goodell spoke about all the ills that currently plague the league. Is the league considering more rule changes to help player safety? Will Kevlar helmets soon be mandated in order to prevent players' brains from turning to mush? Has the NFL's crisis changed from a health and safety problem for players into an existential problem for the league? It was a flurry of bad news on top of bad news. Yet the strange part was, these weren't outraged fans demanding change from the league. They were as concerned about players as they were worried about losing the essence of the one sport America is most deeply...
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