Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 10/26/14
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 Goodell's heavy emphasis on changing the game, particularly when it comes to player safety, is actually an indication that he's modest about the future of America's most popular sport. He knows that boxing and many sports before it once owned the North American sports landscape, and he knows extinction is always a potential future scenario, especially when a sport is inherently violent.  Football is not too big to fail, and I think Goodell realizes that.  “If there’s any single reason for the incredible success of the NFL, it’s because we’ve never allowed ourselves to be complacent about a...
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