Found March 05, 2013 on
As part of his longstanding concern, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is constantly striving for ways to make the game safer for its participants.
But that doesn't mean his conscience is completely free and clear.
In a writeup for ESPN The Magazine, Don Van Natta Jr. spoke with several sources around Goodell, one of whom claims the commish is particularly scared of a NFL player dying on the field.
"He's terrified of it," says a Hall of Fame player who speaks regularly with Goodell. "It wouldn't just be a tragedy. It would be awfully bad for business."
Van Natta Jr. cites the one-time occurrence in 1971, when Lions receiver Chuck Hughes died of a heart attack during a game. As such, Goodell "told friends privately that he believes if the game's hard-knocks culture doesn't change, it could happen again."
Though he's faced intense scrutiny in his tenure, Goodell has the support of his bosses -- NFL team owners -- who be...
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During a speaking engagement at the University of North Carolina, Goodell said the NFL needs to adapt quickly to change if the league wanted to continue its success.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will continue to do ''everything we can'' to make football safer.
Goodell has talked a lot recently about player safety and he discussed it again Wednesday during a lecture and question-and-answer session at the department of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina.
He's calling for '...
Roger Goodell takes a lot of heat for being stubborn and autocratic, but nobody considers that the NFL commissioner -- named by Sports Illustrated this week as the most powerful person in sports -- might actually just have a vision of football's future that is less arrogant than the majority of the game's supporters and participants.
I actually tend to believe that...
With all of the stiff penalties that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has handed out many fines to players for violent hits because he obviously he’s trying to make the game of football safer.
According to ESPN The Magazine’s Don Van Natta Jr., a close friend of Goodell’s told him that he’s terrified of an NFL player dying on the field.
“He’s terrified of it,”...
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it his business to make the game of football a safer game for the players. With new emphasis on safety and fining players for hits deemed excessively rough, Goodell has done his best to make sure nothing tragic ever happens on the field.
But, football is a naturally violent game. And despite Goodell’s best efforts, there is always a chance...
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Reports emerged this week of Roger Goodell admitting to friends that he was “terrified” that some day a player was going to die on the field due to the hard hitting nature of the sport. According to the NFL commissioner, the future of the game we love relies on changing it..
Roger has wasted very little time on his personal mission.During a speech...
Roger Goodell is the commissioner of a sports league that pulls in billions of dollars in revenue every single year. He introduced a personal conduct policy for the league, he stands up to the players when he thinks they’ve done wrong, and he isn’t afraid to levy punishments where he sees fit. But the one thing Goodell reportedly is fearful of is a death occurring on the field...
SI produced Game of Thrones inspired cover for NFL boss.
In a lengthy and excellent Outside the Lines piece on Roger Goodell, an interesting, but buried, tid bit jumps out at us:
"In September the NBC Sports Network planned to run a piece produced by Sports Illustrated about spouses and caregivers of retired players. But in an email written a week before the piece was to air, a person involved in the production told a colleague...
Sports Illustrated has ranked the top 50 most powerful men and women in the world of sports, including Roger Goodell, David Stern and Michael Jordan.