A few interesting facts about Roger “The Goods” Goodell, NFL Commissioner: the Grand Poobah
Roger "the goods" Goodell
As noted in the previous post, were high on (stop it) Roger Goodell. His reign has seen smart decision making and even smarter marketing. So here’s a few interesting things about Roger “the great” Goodell… (we’d be remiss here not to mention the tuck rule disaster of epic proportions that preceded his arrival: so F you Tagliabue)
Roger Goodell Minutae Bio
Born February 19, 1959.
From intern to COO… Goodell’s career in the NFL began in 1982 as an administrative intern in the league office in New York under then-Commissioner Pete Rozelle – a position secured through an extensive letter-writing campaign(classic “spammer” makes good story) to the league office and each of its then 28 teams. In 1983, he joined the New York Jets as an intern, but returned to the league office in 1984 as an assistant spin doctor in the NFL public relations department.
In 1987, Goodell was appointed assistant to the president of the American Football Conference (Lamar Hunt), and under the tutelage of Commissioner Paul Tagliabue filled a variety of football and business operations roles, culminating with his appointment as the NFL’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December 2001.
“Zimmerman Flew, Tyler Knew”
As the NFL’s COO, Goodell took responsibility for the league’s football operations and officiating (gargle my nutsack Walt Coleman… come clean Perreira, talk to me Oliver Stone), as well as supervising league business functions. He headed NFL Ventures, which
Coleman Blew, Perreira Knew
oversees the league’s business units, including media properties, marketing and sales, stadium development and strategic planning. All aspects that “the Goods” absolutely excels in.
Goodell was heavily involved in the negotiation of the league’s current collective bargaining agreement. He had worked extensively with Tagliaboob since the latter became commissioner in 1989. He played an extensive role in league expansion, realignment, and stadium development, including the launch of the NFL Network (blow me “top tier” Comcast) and securing new television agreements as well as the latest collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA.
How ”The Goods” became Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)… was elected to succeed the retiring Paul Tagliabue on August 8, 2006. He was chosen over four finalists for the position, winning a close vote on the fifth ballot before being unanimously approved by acclamation of the owners. As Commissioner, he is also President of NFL Charities.
Goodell was born in Jamestown, New York, the son of the late United States Senator Charles E. Goodell, a Republican from New York and the late Jean Rice Goodell of Buffalo, New York.
The Goodell family moved to Bronxville, New York, in 1971. He graduated from Bronxville High School where, as a three-sport star in football, basketball, and baseball, Goodell captained all three teams as a senior and was named the school’s athlete of the year.
Goodell is a 1981 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania with a degree in economics.
NFL commissioner selection
Goodell’s selection as Commissioner following the retirement of Paul Tagliabue came as no surprise, but it was not a fait accompli. Tagliabue initiated a substantive, wide ranging search for his successor, appointing a committee headed by owner Dan Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Goodell was one of five finalists, joining Gregg Levy, Frederick Nance, Robert Reynolds, and Mayo Shattuck III. With 22 votes from the owners being needed to make a choice, Goodell, who oddsmakers had installed as a prohibitive 2:5 favorite to be selected, only garnered 15 votes to Levy’s 13, with three votes scattered among the other candidates and the Oakland Raiders abstaining.
On the second and third ballots, Goodell and Levy were the only candidates to receive votes (Goodell 17, Levy 14). 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. The Oakland Raiders abstained from the voting in each round.
Smooth and a PIMP… Goodell is married to smoking hot Fox News Channel anchor Jane Skinner and they have twin daughters. He has four brothers, including
the Fox in Goodells henhouse, Julie Skinner
Michael, a long-time partner of Jack Kenny, creator of the short-lived NBC series The Book of Daniel. The Goodell family was the inspiration for the Webster family on the show. <— Got to be a few bar bets to be won with that tidbit of irrelevance.
***so there you have the goods on the Commish. Now Roger, if you desire to add a category named “Legend of Goodell” to your post poobah autobiography, you simply need to forever stop talking about overseas Superbowls, raise or burn the Cowboys scoreboard (better yet let me go Turk 182 on it), put a 2 game max cap on the preseason, and denounce the Tuck Rule “Snowjob” as the biggest conspiracy in NFL history. Easy peezy.
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