Archive for 'From the Commissioner'

Commissioner Goodell sends letter to fans concerning agreement with officials

Commissioner Goodell emailed fans today the letter below regarding the eight-year agreement reached this week with the NFLRA. The letter thanks  fans for their passion while  underscoring how this new agreement provides long-term stability to an important aspect of the game.

To read the letter, click here

Transcripts: Commissioner Goodell Thursday media availabilities

For the transcript of the national conference call, click here

For the transcript of the press conference for network television, click here

NFL Films President Steve Sabol Dies at Age 69

NFL Films President Steve Sabol, for five decades the creative force behind the unique brand of storytelling and cinematography that brought America closer to the game of football, died today at the age of 69 after an 18-month battle with brain cancer.

“Steve Sabol was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of NFL Films,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Steve’s passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy. Steve’s legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend.”


For Steve Sabol’s final bio, click here.

For the obituary which will air on NFL Network, click here.

For a chronology of NFL Films, click here.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Army Vice Chief of Staff General Lloyd Austin, Reps. Mike Thompson, Gus Bilirakis Join Forces to Tackle Traumatic Brain Injury

Commissioner Roger Goodell today joined U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff General J. Lloyd Austin, III to provide members of the Congressional Military Veterans Caucus and the Brain Injury Task Force an overview of the NFL-Army joint initiative concerning head injuries. Goodell and General Austin addressed 24 members of Congress and outlined the program designed to share information, increase awareness  and education, and enhance the discussion about head injuries.

Rep. Mike Thompson, co-chair of the Congressional Military Veterans Caucus along with Rep. Gus Bilirakis, released the following statement following the meeting.

For the complete statement, click here

Commissioner Roger Goodell on Art Modell

Art Modell’s leadership was an important part of the NFL’s success during the league’s explosive growth during the 1960s and beyond. As the longtime chairman of the league’s Broadcast Committee, Art was a visionary who understood the critical role that mass viewing of NFL games on broadcast television could play in growing the league. Art played important roles in many other league matters as a key advisor to Pete Rozelle and Paul Tagliabue, and also built championship teams in Cleveland and Baltimore. His skills as an owner and league contributor were matched only by his great sense of humor. Any conversation with Art included laughs. He always left you with a smile on your face. We extend our condolences to John, David and the rest of the Modell family.

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Commissioner Email to Fans on Player Health and Safety

Commissioner Goodell emailed fans today the letter below, underscoring the commitment of the NFL to protect the health, safety and long-term livelihood of players, both on the field and off. Commissioner Goodell notes the league will continue to preserve the fierce competition that makes football great while simultaneously committing to the relentless pursuit of safer play.

To read the letter, click here

Commissioner Email to Fans Highlights NFL’s Commitment to Player Health and Safety

Commissioner Goodell emailed fans today the letter below, underscoring the commitment of the NFL to the health and safety of players at all levels. Among the highlights of the letter include  a salute to partnerships with organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USA Football, which just launched its Heads Up Football program. Goodell also announced the launch of a new website. Visit to learn more about the league’s health and safety work for athletes of the past, present and future.

To read the letter, click here

Commissioner Email to Fans Announcing New Total Wellness Program

Commissioner Goodell emailed fans yesterday a copy of the letter below that was distributed to all current and former NFL players, as well as team and league personnel. He told fans the NFL will continue to update them on important league initiatives.

To read the letter, click here

NFL Launches New Comprehensive Total Wellness Program for Current and Former NFL Players

The National Football League announced today a new comprehensive health program for former and current players that will provide additional resources to address personal issues. NFL TOTAL WELLNESS builds upon current NFL programs and services that assist members of the NFL family with matters such as physical and mental health, family safety, lifestyle and transition into their post-NFL life.

The initiative was launched today at a meeting at the NFL office in New York that included COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL and DR. DAVID SATCHER, as well as representatives from GRIDIRON GREATS, the NFL PLAYER CARE FOUNDATION and NFL PLAYER ENGAGEMENT.

DR. SATCHER, the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and current director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, will broaden his role with the NFL and serve as a mental health advisor. Dr. Satcher has conducted 14 mental health forums for NFL retired players and their families the past two years and will facilitate more events across the country.

The NFL TOTAL WELLNESS platform will help empower players to make positive health decisions; promote support-seeking behaviors in connection with behavioral and mental health issues; and provide health and safety education for players and all members of their support network, including spouses, parents, and children. The platform will expand on a number of NFL Player Engagement programs and service offerings.

Among the program’s services is NFL LIFE LINE, a new free, independent and confidential 24/7/365 phone consultation service and website developed and manned by third-party mental health professionals. NFL LIFE LINE provides support to all members of the NFL family in times of need and will be administrated by a group of national mental health experts that also operates a program for military service members with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

In an email today to more than 11,000 current and former players, plus club and league staff, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said: “There is no higher priority for the National Football League than the health and wellness of our players. Members of our community are not immune to the challenges that all individuals face.  As we enter what promises to be a very exciting 2012 season, we stand by our commitment to the total wellness of our current and former players. This service is here for you.”

For the complete release, click here

Goodell and Durbin Discuss Bounty Program and Player Safety Issues

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met today with Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin to discuss the Saints bounty program and steps to further protect player safety and football’s integrity.  The Senator’s office distributed the below press release. 


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that he would withhold a hearing into bounty programs in the NFL and other sports leagues after meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and discussing steps the League will take, at Durbin’s request, to protect player safety and football’s integrity.

“The NFL has taken the issueof bounties in professional football seriously and has been open and willing to take additional steps to protect player safety and football’s integrity,” Durbin said. “Because of that willingness to address the issue, and due to the reforms the league is announcing after meeting with me today, I will withhold congressional hearings on this matter and continue to work with the League and its players to ensure the League’s rules are sufficient and that nothing like these bounty programs ever happens again.”

To read the complete release, click here