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Roger Goodell makes a living as a commissioner for the NFL (National Football League). Goodell succeeded Paul Tagliabue in 2006 and began his tenure on September 1, 2006. Many people perceive Goodell as the most powerful man in the sports industry.
Goodell was born as Roger Stokoe Goodell in Jamestown, New York. He comes from a pretty influential family, given the fact that his father is Senator Charles Ellsworth Goodell.
Roger grew up with a fascination and love for sports. He was the captain of three different sports teams during his time at the Bronxville High School. Goodell played football, basketball and baseball and was named as the school’s athlete of the year. However, a career in professional sports was not an option for him, an injury prevented him from playing college football and pursuing a career in professional sports. Goodell eventually went to the Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and obtained an economics degree.
Surprisingly, Goodell started his successful career as an intern in one of the league offices in New York. He worked his way up to assistant for Lamar Hunt, the president of the American Football Conference in 1987. He also became protégé of Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, which probably led to him being elected as the new commissioner.
Goodell has been critiqued quite a bit during his career as a commissioner. Most of his decisions are well received, although some decisions are considered to be quite controversial. However, his responsibility are limited to protecting the integrity of the football game and making it safer for its players. Goodell also announced a new NFL personal conduct policy in 2007.
Roger Goodell also has a pretty stable and happy personal life. Goodell is married to Jane Skinner, a former news anchor for Fox News. The couple also has two children, twin daughters.