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At least one player appreciated Roger Goodell’s email

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Commissioner Roger Goodell’s email to players on Thursday has seemingly only served to inflame the majority of its recipients.

Jaguars fullback Montell Owens had a different take on it.  He told Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union that he thought Goodell’s letter was “heartfelt.”

“I read through it and I understand we’re all trying to come to some agreement,” Owens said.  “I do know the negotiating table is where this is going to get resolved.   I really commend him on that and his efforts of really wanting to get things done.”

Wow, that was a nice change of pace.  It’s jarring at this point to hear either side of this argument actually say something giving the other side a sliver of credit.  It’s almost like Owens realizes  it is necessary for both sides to have folks who are willing to bridge the labor divide.

Goodell’s letter was mostly scorned, but the core message in it is hard to argue: Let’s get back to the negotiating table.

With comments like those from Owens and Mike Vrabel on Friday, maybe it can actually happen before April 6.

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36 Responses to “At least one player appreciated Roger Goodell’s email”
  1. couldntthinkofaname says: Mar 18, 2011 7:09 PM

    Finally, a player steps forward to comment on that letter without acting like a horse’s ass like Steve Smith and the rest. Too bad there aren’t more Montell Owens in the NFLPA.

  2. ajtexans says: Mar 18, 2011 7:10 PM

    Week 1 injury report: Montell Owens, Out (kneecaps)

  3. mmickute says: Mar 18, 2011 7:10 PM

    Hearing these things come out lately has really made me dislike certain players. I now will never own an AP Jersey, but maybe a Montell Williams 😉

  4. skylark70455 says: Mar 18, 2011 7:20 PM


    Whats the over/under number on how long it takes De and the “agents” to reconnect Montell to the matrix? lol

  5. bfridley says: Mar 18, 2011 7:27 PM

    Woah woah woah… that wasn’t cynical at all… Something’s not right here…

  6. ezmoover says: Mar 18, 2011 7:44 PM

    Montell sounds like a former student-athlete that used his college scholarship to actually study and educate himself.

    A smart NFL player?

    Phew. Was about ready to give up all hope of actually hearing about one of those.

  7. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 18, 2011 7:45 PM

    That’s one.
    The other 1695 still think Goodell’s an a-hole.

  8. WingT says: Mar 18, 2011 7:48 PM

    If Goodell is serious abut getting back to the table then he needs to waive the NFL right to challenge that desertification was a sham

  9. commandercornpone says: Mar 18, 2011 7:52 PM

    the fact that duh is waflling so much, for a guy who doesnt actually represent the nflpa, a nonexistent entity, anymore, means more than 1 guy in the former union agrees with roger’s letter.

    and next: several “oakley-ewing moments”

  10. puregreed says: Mar 18, 2011 7:56 PM

    Finally a player gets it!!

    I would pay to watch you play anyday Mr. Owens. I don’t care what your 40 time is either, because your obviously a man of charater and that has weight to me.

  11. puregreed says: Mar 18, 2011 7:57 PM

    character for the grammar police.

  12. ravensfan4life52 says: Mar 18, 2011 7:59 PM

    at least one player has some class and is actually intelligent.

  13. egls7 says: Mar 18, 2011 8:05 PM

    Why can’t he be leading the nflpa* instead of that doosh dsmith

  14. arrogantathlete says: Mar 18, 2011 8:06 PM

    Wow. I’m not surprised, Montel is a smart guy. He actually has respect for his boss. It’s nice to hear that after all day long on NFL radio players calling the owners liars and cheats. These players do realize they have to go back to playing for them right? Well at least Montel Owens does. At least the Union hasn’t corrupted everyone…yet. I’m sure Montel will get a call from his rep saying “Montel, your supposed to be calling the owners liars and racists.”

  15. puregreed says: Mar 18, 2011 8:11 PM

    wow, early beer, i meant williams, lol.

  16. dolphan343 says: Mar 18, 2011 8:11 PM

    I think they have the wrong guys leading the charge here…..Brees is an idiot

  17. arrogantathlete says: Mar 18, 2011 8:13 PM

    When these players retire and start their own business, they will be damn if their employees will tell them what do and ask them for half. I don’t even want to hear how the NFL is different from any other business than anyone else.

  18. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 18, 2011 8:13 PM

    Now about 1500 players need to read this, comprehend it, and get on board and this will be done in no time.

    Too bad for them I just bought my first AFL tickets and am working on shifting my allegiance away from the NFL.

    Chicago Rush vs San Jose Sabercats next friday. Kids are super excited, and I saved a fortune compared to attending an NFL game.

  19. northeastern31 says: Mar 18, 2011 8:51 PM

    The NFLPA* is going to look so dumb for “walking out” when this is all said and done.

    Point being that they knew they were going to have to cave in eventually. Instead they chose all this drama.

  20. thefiesty1 says: Mar 18, 2011 8:57 PM

    Montell who?? Where are Manning, Brady, Brees? You know, the so called leaders and stars.

  21. dolphinatic says: Mar 18, 2011 9:07 PM

    Wonder what the pay for schilling is.. obviously some on here know. The polls are nearly 50/50 on fault and comments pro-owner here go up 80-20 on average. Might want to temper that a bit. Worse than a yahoo story comment board here. Thumbs down away!

  22. commandercornpone says: Mar 18, 2011 9:07 PM

    time for those “oakley-ewing moments”

  23. dolphinatic says: Mar 18, 2011 9:17 PM

    Two words..Lockout Insurance.. Game ,Set, Match players. Negotiating billion dollar contracts in bad faith to your legal business partner is a losing endeavor.

  24. raven4life21 says: Mar 18, 2011 9:43 PM

    atleast Goodell isn’t “walking away” from negotiating… the Players association is a bunch of greedy jerks… you can’t get this done without negotiating… regardless of what these guys may “think” Goodell is trying to say, atleast he’s freagin’ trying unlike the NFLPA… if i hear one more player argue for more money i think im gonna go postal… as much money as us fans spend on these guys and they wanna be greedy?!? it’s not the fans fault that a lot of these guys can’t handle their own money properly and run out WAY before they should, get your long-term health insurance that they offered and you earned and take your raise they are offering you and sign a freagin agreement… if ANY prices ANYWHERE related to the NFL go up im boycotting and NEVER attending another football game or buying another jersey EVER AGAIN! oh i’ll still watch, gotta do something with my sundays, the Ravens are my LIFE and i don’t do much else the rest of the year so for them to do this is beyond me… i go to almost every single home game (and DONT have season tix which means im paying even higher prices) plus i got to a few away games every year (namely pittsburgh, carolina, indianapolis so far) going to games is what i do, it’s what i live for at this point in my life (well entertainment wise) and for me to say im on the verge of boycotting going to games all together is ridiculous… get it together NFLPA, your greed may ruin the lives of A LOT of innocent people that used to make a living off of your profession… don’t do it to us or them

  25. endzonezombie says: Mar 18, 2011 10:32 PM

    I have to go to other sites to get a balanced view of what is happening with the NFL labor impasse. This site has turned into a troll site for the league office and team front offices. Thank God what is written here in the comments doesn’t represent how most true NFL fans think. Most true football fans realize that the game is played by athletes, not by the owners and their lackies. When the owners lock out the players, guess what…the games can’t be played because the front office can’t play them. The coverup created by Goodell is that the players are now represented by the trade association lawyers, not Smith or the former NFLPA Executive Committee. If the owners sincerely want to meet, they should write a letter to the NFLPA* lawyers, not the players. Everything Goodell does is purely for PR spin. If he was sincere, he would release a copy of the letter he sent to the NFLPA* attornies requesting a meeting. He hasn’t requested such a meeting.

  26. Cowboys-Forum says: Mar 18, 2011 10:49 PM

    Nice, it sounds like Montell should be the NFLPA president.

  27. plt2006 says: Mar 18, 2011 11:20 PM

    Montell Owens was an undrafted free agent who has never forgotten what it was like that first camp dreading cut days and has gone on to become a pro bowl special teams player. He has perspective, the ear of the owner, and the respect of the locker room for being a pros pro. I was really glad to see that he thoughtfully considered what Goodell was saying instead of towing the party line like some other players.

  28. hatesycophants says: Mar 18, 2011 11:21 PM

    As a manager, I find it heartening to know that there are so many mindless drones out there who would never even consider questioning their bosses. Kudos!

  29. tubal22 says: Mar 18, 2011 11:34 PM

    ^—— Not a troll. Just someone who sees when someone is being unreasonable.

    You can’t really blame all the players though. The NFLPA reps I’m sure have fed them a bunch of bull.

    Brees, Brady, Manning, DeMarcus DeSmithus, etc. They’re all shilling for the NFLPA.

    Keep it shut down for a year so they’ll know who needs who.

  30. chargersfan13 says: Mar 18, 2011 11:38 PM

    I am stunned by how anti-union the majority of you seem to be. Are you serious?
    EMPLOYEE vs. EMPLOYER argument: When power is concentrated in the hands of a few (owners/league vs. players) then the “employees” will want to unionize in order to keep the few (but powerful) from strong arming the many (but powerless) into anything they wish. Without unions the owners could, through league collusion, keep salaries down, profits maximized, player benefits at near zero, and offseason workouts endless and mandatory. Really, take the NFLPA out of the equation and what could the players or the fans really say about anything the owners wanted to do?
    More importantly, when both sides are happy and in agreement then both sides are productive and the league works best for all of us stakeholders. It can’t be dictatorial or the whole system loses in the long run. This is why the whole “Shut up and play!” argument is so short sighted and incomplete.
    As well, just because these guys make millions of dollars it doesn’t mean they don’t deserve it. Being elite/world class at any vocation creates this kind of wealth when there is a demand for that service.
    THE LAST SUPPER: How many of you read that in the negotiations the players sat waiting hours on end for the owners and the league and the owners just stood them up day after day, most of the owners not even bothering to show? Then, the Friday the extension expired the league threw some half baked proposal at the NFLPA? Today there are reports that the league admitted that the proposal was only supposed to be some good faith intent for another extension. What?!
    Where was the league all week?! Where were the owners exactly? The players were there….
    Remember: The union is only asking the owners to show them their books because THE OWNERS ARE ASKING THE PLAYERS TO FORK OVER AN ADDITIONAL ONE BILLION DOLLARS OF REVENUE!
    The players aren’t asking to see the finances of the owners for fun, the players are asking for the books because the owners are claiming they need more money to run operations when everyone involved knows that the NFL is awash in cash/revenue. The players are simply saying, “Hey, if the league is this popular and making so much money, how come you need more? We’ll give you more if you show us where you are really losing money in this equation.”
    The players aren’t being unreasonable in any way shape or form. The reality is that the owners and the league never anticipated the players being so well informed and organized. From the TV revenue lockout insurance money, to the personal insults, to the lack of respect for the player’s time during negotiations, the league has made it clear it isn’t serious about finding common ground…just making the public think that they are trying.
    Since monitoring the way the NFL and the owners have dealt with the players this offseason I have lost all respect for our commissioner. He is supposed to be acting in the best interest of all parties involved as the entire NFL is his domain. This is happening on your watch, Roger; some decency on your part isn’t too much to ask.

  31. FinFan68 says: Mar 19, 2011 12:35 AM

    dolphinatic says:
    Mar 18, 2011 9:17 PM
    Two words..Lockout Insurance.. Game ,Set, Match players. Negotiating billion dollar contracts in bad faith to your legal business partner is a losing endeavor.
    The year long plan by the players to temporarily decertify is perfectly fine though, right?

  32. duffer58 says: Mar 19, 2011 12:50 AM

    Again let us get the facts straight. The players want to play. They are being asked to give back roughly 3 billion dollars over next few years. They are the greedy ones? Are you peope frickin nuts?

  33. FinFan68 says: Mar 19, 2011 12:56 AM

    @chargersfan13: Fans do not have any true stake in this. No matter what happens, the fans are the ones to foot the bills but they do so of their own volition. Nobody has the right to be entertained and the fans that complain about prices while they pay them are fooling themselves. If you willingly do something that is optional, you forfeit the legitimate right to complain about it.

    “The union is only asking the owners to show them their books because THE OWNERS ARE ASKING THE PLAYERS TO FORK OVER AN ADDITIONAL ONE BILLION DOLLARS OF REVENUE!”

    The owners offered the last 5 years of audited books and the players said no. For some reason they need the 5 years prior to this CBA extension. I think they are just looking to nitpick other areas to make cuts and scrutinize the business aspect of things.

    “Hey, if the league is this popular and making so much money, how come you need more? We’ll give you more if you show us where you are really losing money in this equation.”

    Why aren’t those same “books” necessary to make that assertion? You are apparently citing figures the players claim not to have since you need to see the books in order to validate the owners’ claim of profits declining.

    “Since monitoring the way the NFL and the owners have dealt with the players this offseason I have lost all respect for our commissioner. He is supposed to be acting in the best interest of all parties involved as the entire NFL is his domain. This is happening on your watch, Roger; some decency on your part isn’t too much to ask.”

    OUR commissioner? To fans he would be THE commissioner. Nice try, Drew. The players chose to stand on the field with a finger in the air…and now you are complaining about getting a similar gesture from the owners. The bottom line is simple, when it comes down to it the players walked out of the room with a negotiable offer on the table. If the players would have negotiated that offer, this could be done right now. It’s going to be real hard to say that the NFL is a monopoly. The AFL and CFL could be argued as different, but the UFL is very close to the same product…just a different brand. The antitrust argument is not the same as it once was. Good luck with that.

  34. tcdun says: Mar 19, 2011 1:00 AM

    The owners are trying and the union walked out on many ,many compromise offers from the owners,without even making a counter offer on any of the at least 8 huge compromises the owners made !
    Players…fire Smith and come back to the table and negotiate if you want a fair deal. Too bad Gene Upshaw is no longer with us,we would have a fair deal by now !

  35. tcdun says: Mar 19, 2011 1:06 AM

    Maybe the owners should “decertify” ? They could just say there is no longer an NFL,we are going out of business, and if the players want to work in football they need to go to the Arena League etc etc.
    We all know the decertification of the union is a huge sham,so why can’t the owners pull the same nonsense ?
    We all know that asa soon as the courts rule and the teams and players sit back down and work out a deal that the union is going to magically recertify,so why can’t the owners just fire all the players and go out of business (for a while ,wink,wink).
    I would love to see just how far all those players college diplomas get them in the real World ,lol.(especially all the ones who can’t read and write etc ,lol ).

  36. ftbll815 says: Mar 19, 2011 1:53 AM

    I just checked out this Tania Ganguli’s twitter page and I think Gregg Rosenthal got this whole thing twisted. Owens said “I would like to further state that I am completely sided with the players. To clarify, the only thing heartfelt is the commissioners attempt to get a deal done, but let’s be FAIR.” Owens didn’t say anything about appreciating or supporting Goodell. Sounds to me like media is trying to stir up some drama and take things out of context, as usual.

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