Roger Goodell

(Roger Stokoe Goodell)

Roger Goodell
Roger Goodell
  • Born: February 19, 1959
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Businessman









Roger Stokoe Goodell is an American businessman who is currently the Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL). On August 8, 2006, Goodell was chosen to succeed retiring commissioner Paul Tagliabue. He was chosen for the position over four finalists; he won a close vote on the fifth ballot before being unanimously approved by acclamation of the owners. He officially began his tenure on September 1, 2006, just prior to the beginning of the 2006 NFL season. On December 6, 2017, the NFL announced that Goodell signed a new contract that will start in 2019. Commentators have described him as "the most powerful man in sports."

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Change before you're forced to change.
Every game in the NFL is important.
HGH testing is happening in Olympics. The science is there. It is a valid test. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I am awake a lot of nights.
I don't expect to try to get people to like everything I do. I want them to respect what I do. Respect
I don't get myself caught up in the rhetoric of any personal comments that are made.
I don't want players coming in from the college level that are either trying to avoid a suspension, declare themselves ineligible on their own, hire an agent and decide, 'I'm going to enter into the NFL.'
I have to make a lot of decisions that aren't in the best interests of individuals, whether they be owners, club executives, players.
I hold head coaches accountable.
I learned in high school that I was going to have to outwork people. I remember running around the track, training for football, and a faster guy ran past me. I just figured, I can outlast him. If I work harder than him, I'll beat him. And to this day I overprepare. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I spent a lot of time in the school psychologist's office. I didn't apply myself. My mother thought I had learning disabilities. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Time
I take my responsibilities very seriously.
I talk to players all the time. Time
I think the state of the NFL has a very positive outlook.
I think when someone is injured in your family, you want to speak to the individual and you want to hear their voice and you want to make sure they are OK. Families, Children & Parenting
I'm very fortunate, and I know that.
It is a privilege for me to serve the NFL. It is the only place I have ever wanted to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's always unfortunate when something gets misreported and the facts are not clear.
It's an awesome responsibility, not only to maintain the level of success the NFL has, but to build on that. Success
It's not just the NFL. Every other league has a draft. It has been fundamental to the success of professional sports. Sports & Athletics ;Success
I've spent my life following my passion. Life
My goal was to prove to my family I wasn't a dummy. Families, Children & Parenting
My job is to protect the integrity of the NFL and to make sure the game is as safe as possible.
No one is above the game or the rules that govern it. Respect for the game and the people who participate in it will not be compromised. Respect
The draft is one of my favorite events because it is about football. People are focused on how their teams improve. It's a celebration of football. And most importantly, it represents a very important time in the lives of these men who are entering the NFL, and their families. Time
The highest standards of conduct must be met by everyone in the NFL because it is a privilege to represent the NFL, not a right.
The NCAA has to establish their own rules and enforce their own rules.
The one thing I would hope would go on my tombstone is, 'I made my parents proud.' Hope
The owners don't win by having a lockout. Shutting down your business is not good for anybody and it's certainly not good for the players, it's certainly not good for the fans. And that's most important to us. Business, Commerce & Finance
The way you continue to be a successful business is you don't wait for the car to go off the cliff. You have to manage yourself. And make sure you do it in the right way so you are not making decisions in crisis. Business, Commerce & Finance
There are lots of businesses that are well in excess of $9 billion that have gone into bankruptcy, that have been mismanaged. And that has not served anyone very well.
To me, what I love about the draft is; first, you see the young men who are realizing their dreams that they've worked so hard for. That's a pretty cool thing. You saw the emotion from some of these guys the other day. And then, the second thing is this total sense of hope and optimism. And, I think that's great for everybody. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Hope
Too much of our society looks for people to fail. Society
Uncertainty's not good for anybody.
We will always make sure player health and safety is our No. 1 priority in the NFL. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
We're in a leadership position in sports. People look up to the National Football League. Sports & Athletics ;Leaders & Leadership
What is true of the NFL is that it has been well-managed over the years. And that has been beneficial to the fans, it's been beneficial to the game itself, it's been beneficial to the players, coaches and everyone involved.
When you're talking about a trade you're saying, 'Is it good for this team or that team, did they give up too much?' That kind of debate is great for the game.
When you're thrust into litigation, you obviously have to make sure you're prepared to deal with that.
You do not have to be convicted or even charged of a crime to be able to demonstrate that you've violated a personal conduct policy, and reflect poorly not only on themselves, but all of their teammates, every NFL player in the league, and everyone associated with the NFL.
You know that I'm always a proponent of doing things differently.