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Commissioner Goodell visits “Live with Kelly and Michael” — Transcript


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared this morning on “Live with Kelly and Michael.”

The Commissioner engaged in a lively conversation with the dynamic duo of Kelly Ripa and former New York Giants’ legend Michael Strahan about the new Heads Up Football program, the Super Bowl and the Draft.

Goodell presented them with personalized #1 New York Giants jerseys. Ripa and Strahan even moved into to get their Draft Day hugs from Goodell.

CommishStrahanHugFollowing is a transcript of the Commissioner’s appearance:
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Commissioner Goodell sends letter to fans on Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 50 Years of Excellence

Commissioner Goodell emailed fans today the letter below regarding the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s  first 50 years. The letter highlights the Hall’s excellence in honoring the legends of the game, preserving pro football’s historic documents and artifacts and educating the public regarding the origin, development and growth of this sport.

To read the letter, click here

Transcript: Commissioner Goodell on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike in the Morning

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NFL to use pink penalty flags — as suggested by 11-year-old fan — for Dolphins-Jets game on Sunday

Marlboro, NJ Boy Made Recommendation in Letter to Commissioner Goodell

Pink penalty flags will be used in Sunday’s Dolphins-Jets game — the final weekend of Breast Cancer Awareness month — at MetLife Stadium.

The idea was suggested by 11-year old Dante Cano of Marlboro, NJ, a fifth-grade student at Asher Holmes Elementary School, in a letter (right) to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“My name is Dante Cano. I am 11 years old and I am from Marlboro, New Jersey. I wanted to know if you could use my idea of pink penalty flags in October for breast cancer awareness,” Dante wrote. “Please write back.”

Commissioner Goodell invited Dante and his family to MetLife Stadium where they will present the pink penalty flags (below) to the officials prior to the game.

“Dante had a great idea and I am looking forward to meeting with him on Sunday to put it into action,” said Commissioner Goodell. “Sometimes the simplest ideas can be the best. I applaud Dante for sending in his recommendation.”

This month is the NFL’s fourth annual national breast cancer awareness campaign — A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives — in collaboration with the American Cancer Society (ACS).

For more information on A Crucial Catch, visit

Commissioner Goodell Appoints Paul Tagliabue Hearing Officer for Appeals of Discipline in Saints Bounty Matter

Commissioner Roger Goodell today notified the NFL Players Association and the four players who have appealed their suspensions in the Saints bounty matter that he has appointed former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue as the hearing officer to decide the appeals and bring the matter to a prompt and fair conclusion.

Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFLPA, Commissioner Goodell has the exclusive authority to hear appeals of discipline for conduct detrimental or appoint a designee to hear and decide an appeal. Commissioner Goodell consulted with NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith in several conversations before deciding to appoint another hearing officer for this case.

“I have held two hearings to date,” Commissioner Goodell said, “and have modified the discipline in several respects based on my recent meetings with the players. To bring this matter to a prompt and fair conclusion, I have appointed former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to serve as the hearing officer for the upcoming appeals. Paul Tagliabue is a genuine football authority whose tenure as commissioner was marked by his thorough and judicious approach to all matters. He has many years of experience in NFL collective bargaining matters and an impeccable reputation for integrity.

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Transcript: Commissioner Goodell at 2012 NFL Fall Meeting

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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.

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