NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Roger Goodell became the ninth commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) after being chosen to succeed the retired Paul Tagliabue on August 2006.

Several commentators have described Goodell as "the most powerful man in sports". He officially began is tenure on September 1, 2006, prior to the beginning of the 2006 NFL season as the commissioner, he also is the President of the NFL Charities.

Background and Education

Roger Goodell a native of New York born in Jamestown, the son of the late United States Senator Charles E Goodell, a Republican from the State of New York, and the late Jean Rice Goodell of Buffalo New York.

The family move to Bronxville, New York, in 1971, where Goodell graduated from Bronxville High School. He was a three sport star in football, basketball and baseball.

He was captain of all three sports and named the schools athlete of the year. Injuries kept him from pursuing college football. Roger Goodell graduated from Washington and Jefferson College of Washington, Pennsylvania in 1981 with a degree in economics.

NFL Career

Roger Goodell career began in the NFL in 1982 by using a persistent letter writing campaign to the league office and each of its 28 teams.

He secured a position as an administrative intern in the league office in New York under the tutelage of then Commissioner Pete Rozelle.

In 1983, he was hired by the New York J E T S as an intern, but he returned to the NFL league office in 1984 as an assistant in the public relations department.

In 1987 Roger Goodell was appointed assistant to the president of the American Football Conference (Lamar Hunt) and under the mentor ship of Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Roger Goodell serve in a variety of football and business operations roles, followed by his appointment as the NFL's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2001.

During his tenure as NFL COO, Goodell took charge of the league's football operation, officiating and supervised the league business functions.

He brought a business background to the position after serving as president of NFL Ventures, which includes the NFL's business units, media properties, marketing, sales, international development and strategic planning.

Goodell help negotiate the leagues current collective bargaining agreement. He played a pivotal role in realignment, stadium development, expansion, the launch of NFL Network, and securing new television agreements.

The Selection of the Commissioner

The selection search for a new commissioner was not an easy task. Paul Tagliabue initiated a wide range search for his successor by appointing a committee headed by the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers Dan Rooney.

Roger Goodell was one of five finalist, along with Gregg Levy, Frederick Nance, Robert Reynolds, and Mayo Shattuck III. The league needed 22 votes from the owners to choose a commissioner.

With Goodell being the favorite, he garnered only 15 votes to Levy's 13, along with 3 votes scattered among the other candidates an the Oakland Raiders abstaining.

On the second and third ballots, Goodell and Levy were the only candidates to receive votes Goodell 17 and Levy 14.

Roger Goodell increased his lead to 21–10 after the fourth ballot, falling one vote shy of election, but on the fifth round of voting two owners swung their votes to him to achieve the necessary two-thirds majority vote (Goodell 23, Levy 8).

The Oakland Raiders abstained from the voting in each round.

On August 8, 2008, Goodell was chosen to succeed Paul Tagliabue and assumed office on September 1, 2008 — the date Paul Tagliabue set to leave commissioner office.

NFL Personal Conduct Policy

In April of 2007, Goodell announced a new NFL Personal Conduct Policy.

Tennessee Titans corner back Pacman Jones and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry were the first two players to be suspended under the new policy, and Chicago Bears defensive lineman Tank Johnson was suspended months later due to his conduct involving weapon ownership and drunk driving charges.

I remembered when Adam Pacman Jones was suspending by the NFL and the commissioner Roger Goodell. On October 14 2007 in Duluth GA, I took my daughter to see a live TNA wrestling event Bound for Glory and who do I see at the event.

Its Pacman Jones and his partners Ron Killing and Rasheed Lucuis Creed. Pacman could not compete because of his non contact agreement with the NFL and the Tennessee Titans but it was fun to watch him come out with the ring introduction and his music he's bad, he's bad, he's bad. "What a event!"

On August 31, 2007, Goodell suspended Dallas Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson for five games with a $100,000 dollars fine, and suspended New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison four games without pay, after they admitted the use of banned substances for medical purposes and to accelerate healing, respectively.

The league let Wilson know that his punishment will be more severe because the league holds "people in authority in higher regard than people on the field."

Spy Gate

On September 13 2007 Goodell fine the New England Patriots and their head coach Bill Belichick after finding out that the New England Patriots tried to video tape the defensive signals of the New York Jets on September 9th.

The team was fined $250,000 dollars and the loss of their 2008 first round draft pick. Belichick was fined the league maximum of $500,000 dollars without suspension.

Goodell stated that the fine was more effective than the suspension of Belichick.

On October 19, 2010, the NFL handed out several fines to players such as Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Falcons Corner back Dunta Robinson, and New England Patriots Safety Brandon Meriweather after they were involved in controversial hits the previous Sunday.

Goodell release a memo to every NFL team in the league stating that "It is clear to me that further action is required to emphasize the importance of teaching safe and controlled techniques, and playing within the rules.

The NFL, along with NFL broadcasters, and fans reaction to the hits were controversial and Goodell came under criticism from several players who felt like he had assumed too much control and power over fining and suspending player for just playing football.

In Agreement with the Commissioner

I agree with Goodell about teaching the proper techniques for tackling. Most players are taught to use their helmets or they aren't shown the right way when contact is about to happen, from pee wee to college football.

If this is not so then why do we see it. A lot of coaches started from pee wee to little league coaching because their son or relative is playing, and to live their lives through their son, their ego, etc...

I coach 10 and under football and I would have to stop the players and go over and show them the correct technique for tackling and when a player is about to collide with another player.

You should always, lead with your shoulder pads, not your helmet. Leading with the helmet can cause damaging effects then and down the line as players get older.

NFL Commissioner At Work

Before the start of the 2011 NFL season, Goodell worked with NFL owners and the NFL Players association on settling the NFL lockout which ran from March 11 to August 5.

During the lockout, at the request of some NFL teams, he held conference calls with season ticket holders where he discussed the collective bargaining agreement and conducted question-and-answer sessions on various NFL topics.

This is why I wrote about the commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell, I see a man who loves what he is doing and I watch that during the 2010 NFL Draft.

On April 22 2010, I watch the defensive tackle from University of Oklahoma Gerald McCoy, minutes after being drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers third overall pick in the first round comes up and bear hugs Roger Goodell while being welcome the the NFL.

Goodell didn't shy away from the embrace, that really stuck with me and I became a fan of Roger Goodell. The second incident is when I watch the commish sign autographs for the fan during and after the draft.

My eye got watery and I am a fan of Roger Goodell. Keep up the good work Mr. Goodell.