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Roddy White asks: How the hell can Goodell get paid so much?

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Falcons receiver Roddy White saw Florio’s item about the salary of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and suffice to say White doesn’t think the commissioner should be making more money than most players make.

White wrote on Twitter that he doesn’t see how a non-player can be raking in $10 million now, with a deal that will pay him nearly $20 million a year by 2019.

“How in the hell can u pay a man this much money that cant run tackle or catch,” White wrote. “Roger Goodell is getting over never seen anything like it 20 million for looking over the league with tremendous help I guess the NFL is banking.”

White added, “the players make this league dont ever forget that.”

White is surely not the only player who feels that way, but it’s hard to dispute that Goodell has done a good job of positioning the NFL to rake in massive amounts of money for years to come. Goodell is getting paid handsomely for his work, but the players are benefitting from Goodell’s work, too.

And as Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal points out, Falcons owner Arthur Blank chairs the league’s compensation committee. Perhaps Blank and White can discuss Goodell’s compensation in greater detail.

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99 Responses to “Roddy White asks: How the hell can Goodell get paid so much?”
  1. jaggedmark says: Feb 13, 2012 4:30 PM

    Hey Roddy. You’re playing a game. Goodell is managing a 10 billion dollar industry.

    Get a clue!

  2. greatdanton77 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:33 PM

    Goodell should put his hand out so Roddy can bite it. It would be poetic justice really…

    *flashes tit*

  3. skeefe1976 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:34 PM

    Hey, Roddy, he may not run, tackle or catch…but he also doesn’t DROP ANY PASSES like a certain WR out of UAB!

  4. hawkitnow says: Feb 13, 2012 4:34 PM

    and that outburst will cost him $25k

  5. rascalmanny says: Feb 13, 2012 4:35 PM

    Funny…..fans wonder how certain players can get paid so much for virtually no production.

    Read the Feherty article in the new Golf magazine (march 2012)

  6. johnabis says: Feb 13, 2012 4:35 PM

    I don’t really like Goodell very much, but that comment from Roddy White is one of the stupidest things I heard a player say in a while..

  7. daysend564 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:35 PM

    Shut up and play!

  8. bigjdve says: Feb 13, 2012 4:35 PM

    The players are still very ill-informed as to what is happening with the league. Not to mention, they aren’t thinking very clearly either.

    In every corporate entity there is a head that makes alot of money. Those people typically don’t have all of the skills that the employees have, however they make decisions that allow the employees to have jobs and make paychecks.

    I don’t see many of the owners playing football either, however they make alot.

    He is really clueless.

  9. unodosochocinco says: Feb 13, 2012 4:35 PM

    are they really tho?

  10. jedicurt says: Feb 13, 2012 4:35 PM

    “Total NFL national media revenues, estimates SportsBusiness Daily, might reach $7 billion annually.”

    Roddy, have you brought 7 billion annually to the NFL???

  11. bigpantherfan says: Feb 13, 2012 4:36 PM

    White added, “the players make this league dont ever forget that.”

    Yes and you greedy damn players are the reason there was a lock out, cause your too good to help out the vets that played this game before you with medical bills.

    I just pray when your ass is hurting at 50 ish the rookies will treat the current players the same way

  12. erictheclown says: Feb 13, 2012 4:36 PM

    hey roddy,
    you sound like a chick the way you always bitch on twitter!

  13. lionfan419 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:36 PM

    dont worry about others Roddy! You arent even the best wr on your own team!

  14. KIR says: Feb 13, 2012 4:44 PM

    Can someone please explain this to me. Why is it ok for this guy to make 20 mil, the owners to make 39 billion on TV contracts, sportscasters and others affiliated with the NFL to make millions but people only complain about players making a couple of dollars in a short term career? Players who risk concussions, broken bones, torn ligaments and premature death. Somethings not right.

    Jimmy Grahm, Vincent Jackson, Victor Cruz, Desean Jackson, Matt Forte, Fred Jackson, Ray Rice, Wes Welker, ect….. hold out for every penny you deserve

  15. johnnyshore says: Feb 13, 2012 4:46 PM

    Hey Roddy, the players don’t make this league, THE FANS DO. The fact that you forgot that shows what a worthless piece of garbage you are. Without the fans, you would be playing a game for no reason, and you would not be the multi-millionaire that you are. Why don’t you shut up, and show some appreciation for the fact that you make more per game than a lot of folks will make in 1 year, or even 5 years. By the way, focus more on winning a playoff game, and less on the things you have no influence on, like Goodell’s salary.

  16. cured76 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:46 PM

    What? Is Goodell supposed to be paid in stock options that don’t exist? Growing the game and its $$$ is not something you want to pay minimum wage for. Goodell helps the league bring in godly amounts of money so, yes, he should be compensated like a big boy. The league office doesn’t have that many employees.

    Also, I like Goodell’s personal conduct policy.

  17. Stiller43 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:48 PM

    The inverse question could then be asked:

    Why the hell do people get paid so much for only being able to run, tackle, and catch?!

  18. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 13, 2012 4:49 PM

    I wonder if the players can have him fired if he underperforms his contract. Or they see a younger guy coming out of college who they think will do a better job.

  19. chalkruz1989 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:50 PM

    Why is everyone trashing Roddy White? If you can’t find why White is upset about the salary Roger Goodell makes you’re being insensitive. Imaging being in White’s place. You’re busting your hump day-in and day-out and you’re trying to stay healthy and cash out as much as you can before it’s over. Meanwhile, Goodell sits in his nicely-decorated office and lets the workers do everything while he gets paid. I know Goodell does a lot in regards to behind the scenes but it’s hard not to understand what White is saying. Replace the NFL withs scabs and I bet you the NFL revenue goes down. And, replace Goodell with someone else and I bet you the NFL doesn’t skip a beat.

  20. jelaniroy says: Feb 13, 2012 4:52 PM

    You all miss the point the question is Value over replacement. The league was already wildly successful before Goodelll took over. It is just continuing in that upward trajectory. Isn’t it more than plausible that another executive could run the league just as well. In fact there are financiers like Carl Icahn who base their investment strategy around this. They buy large billion dollar companies then replace the ceo and other executive with more modestly paid equally and in most cases more efficient executives. People thought Richard Fuld was fairly compensated with Millions when Lehman Brothers was raking in money he was also in part responsible for its collapse yet still made millions did his competency change or was he maybe never as responsible for their success as it was perceived. Maybe the underlying market factors and participants were more responsible. In this case maybe the players are less easily replaced then the executives. There are only a handful of Tom Brady’s, Peyton Manning’s, and Adrian Peterson’s. Maybe only a dozen Roddy Whites. There are plenty more executives capable of running a billion dollar business

  21. jikkle49 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:52 PM

    So Roddy what you contribute to society which is running with and catching a ball made out of leather entitles you to millions of dollars?

    Man how out of touch can you be.

  22. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 13, 2012 4:52 PM

    How the hell can you pay somebody as much as they do if they only run, tackle and catch a ball? Pot met kettle.

  23. macklinr61 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:53 PM

    Perspective Roddy, perspective:

    Bud Selig (Baseball Commish) makes $18.4 million. He can’t pitch, run bases, run down a fly ball, etc.

    Up until last year, Roger Goodell was making $10.9 million. Now his contract got redone and he gets more.

    You can quit football in a few years and take Roger’s job and make his salary! You have time to go back to UAB or even Harvard, once you pass the exams, and apply to the NFL. Concentrate on courses like labor relations, contracts, finances, corporate law and you may end up as a candidate. You won’t even need to mention that you can catch or run or block as those are not requirements to run the NFL. Good luck.

  24. rwmilli says: Feb 13, 2012 4:54 PM

    Roddy put it this way, you work at a mine, your the peon who does all the physical work, while the mining engineer rakes in doe for his title and complexity of his job. Welcome to the real world…we all do the work while bigger guys make the money, dont like it? Get an education with your millions and run the show, otherwise dont sit and complain, last time I checked we all ask how you guys make millions only because you HAVE the ability to tackle, etc….

  25. giantenemybird says: Feb 13, 2012 5:00 PM

    Goodell’s job isn’t to run, tackle, or catch. His job is to make the NFL money; bottom line. Regardless of what anyone thinks of his policies, he has certainly done that. He’s actually done a great job of that, which is why he was extended. That’s why he makes the money. Roddy White is an idiot.

  26. raidernation831 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:03 PM

    The unfortunate truth for many players and owners is that they both believe THEY make the NFL. The reality is WE make the NFL. As fans we have so much un-used power…until we come together, opinions like Roddy White’s will continue to exist. The irony of White complaining that his CEO makes too much money is comical.

  27. terryleather says: Feb 13, 2012 5:05 PM

    As hard as it is to believe, some people actually get paid for what they can do with their brain. It’s a situation Roddy White will never have to worry about.

  28. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 13, 2012 5:05 PM

    Roddy – you really are a young man, aren’t you… it’s embarrassing that someone can actually be that naive or maybe ignorant is better.

  29. dominator71030 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:05 PM

    And why do people who risk their lives for our country like the military, police, firemen, etc. make $50,000, while White is playing a game and making millions?

  30. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 13, 2012 5:05 PM

    Goodell’s father was a big time politician.. That’s all you need to know.

  31. istuppingyourwhiteewe says: Feb 13, 2012 5:06 PM

    I watch your games thinking exactly the same thing Roddy, exactly the same thing!

  32. KIR says: Feb 13, 2012 5:17 PM

    Look at all of these fans defending God dell’s 20 million. “Selective capitalism” God dell and the owners deserve to make as much as they can/as much as someone is willing to pay them. The players oh that’s another story. Capitalism doesn’t apply to them. Shut up and work…..

    Newsflash, the fans pay to see elite athletes play football. They refuse to watch anything else. This is proved by the 4th preseason game. The NFL can’t sell it nationally. The TV rating are horrible and those are some of the best ex-college football players in the country. The NFL can survive without God dell

  33. usmarine75 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:22 PM

    Roger Goodell asks: How the hell can Roddy White get paid so much?

    Apparently you didn’t take economics at UAB. He is the CEO of a multi billion dollar company. Their last TV deal alone was $27B. You sometimes catch footballs for a living. No comparison.

  34. jwired21 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:22 PM

    White added, “the players make this league dont ever forget that.”

    And don’t forget Roddy, though I’m sure you already have, the fan’s are the ones that pay your salary so you can enjoy a nice living in the league.

  35. sndmn331 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:23 PM

    Whether you like him or not Goodell runs the show, he’s the boss. Sorry Roddy, but in most normal professions the boss makes the most money.

  36. domeinate says: Feb 13, 2012 5:23 PM

    Roddy White catches the ball? thought he led the league in dropped passes.

  37. surefooted1 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:24 PM

    If he thinks Goodell is making a lot of money, he should see the money made by the people who employ him (the owners).

    Would he complain then?

  38. dbettenh says: Feb 13, 2012 5:30 PM

    You are not forced to play football. If you do not like your salary, you have the right to find another job.

  39. matthewcarlson1 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:34 PM

    Someone mentioned this earlier. Okay I get that the former players are injured and stuff.. but how is that the current player’s problem? If current players were making less would it still be their duty to help? NO.

  40. worldatlarge1 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:35 PM

    They should just allow him to place the money claimed in fines into his own account so they wouldn’t have to keep him on salary. He’d probably make about double.

  41. turbo2728 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:40 PM

    While I find White’s comments ironic, he has a point.

    How can Goodell justify $20 million a year when former players who helped get the game to where it is today struggle to scrape together money to pay medical bills?

  42. bayoubauer says: Feb 13, 2012 5:58 PM

    Does anybody not named Roddy White actually care what Roddy White has to say about anything?

  43. northshorejag says: Feb 13, 2012 6:03 PM

    The Boss always make more than you do, pal.

  44. hookemhorns77 says: Feb 13, 2012 6:10 PM

    Roddy…the FANS make the league.

  45. lilrob10201 says: Feb 13, 2012 6:12 PM

    Yes Goodell cannot cant run tackle or catch but you cannot manage a multi billion dollar industry.

  46. snnyjcbs says: Feb 13, 2012 6:14 PM

    He works for the owners not the players, so what the players think of what the owners pay an employee that works for them means little.

    Just remember, it is the owners that are the NFL. You could take all the players playing today and retire them. Fill the teams with all new players and the NFL would keep going, hell it always has.

  47. bereado says: Feb 13, 2012 6:16 PM

    A long time ago, business men like Godell figured out a way to make money off of otherwise useless skills like running really fast and throwing really far.

    Because of that vision, folks like Roddy White, who have very low outlooks on life can use that otherwise worthless skill to make a better life for themselves and their families.

    At some point, the players forgot that they are simply interchangable parts in a extremely well designed business. Roddy White does not even realize that guys like Rodger Goddell made it possible for him to be Roddy White.

  48. tebowislife says: Feb 13, 2012 6:23 PM

    To all you misguided haters out there Roddy is dead on right on this one. There are probably a million people in America who could have “guided” the NFL to the growth that has occurred on Goodell’s 5-6 year watch. There are probably 10 people in America who can do Roddy White’s job as well as him. The owners are wildly overpaying Goodell for his work. The beauty of the NFL system is that the salary cap protects owners from themselves in overpaying players as occurs in the NBA and MLB. Unfortunately for the owners there is no cap when it comes to employees in the league office.

  49. teddybayer123 says: Feb 13, 2012 6:29 PM

    Aw, hell, any good CEO is gonna make that kind of scratch, err, salary. I don’t like this guy but ahead of the player-class-action concussion lawsuit, the NFL was bound to do something and it fell to Godell. Tagliabu and Upshaw didn’t act and if they truly didn’t know, they chose not to know. And history WILL hold them accountable. Again, so it falls to Godell.

    Anyway, if they now, in hindsight, praise Bowie Kuhn, anything – absolutely anything is possible. And a Pro Football Commissioner that doesn’t have strikes on his watch is better than one who does.

  50. kinguga says: Feb 13, 2012 6:30 PM

    Goodell isn’t that bright. Listen to him talk. He’s just been around the league a long time and the owners felt they could control him. So far, they’ve mostly been right.

    As for Roddy, he talks too much. Despite references to him dropping passes, the guy is still a hell of a receiver. He just likes to run his mouth without thinking. There are lots of players like that.

  51. sportsrube90 says: Feb 13, 2012 6:30 PM

    Somedays I just wish for one year fan’s wouldn’t go to games or pay any attention to the NFL. Then these players and everyone in the NFL would know how much it’s US who make them who they are.

  52. ohenry78 says: Feb 13, 2012 6:43 PM

    Hey, the CEO of my company makes more than me, too. Go figure.

  53. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 13, 2012 6:46 PM

    I was at the game the falcons played I did not see anyone on that team that could run throw or catch.

    The owners are the NFL then the fans then the players
    Get over it

  54. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 13, 2012 7:02 PM

    Wake up. He’s the CEO of the multi-billion dollar industry that you WORK for. He runs the show. CEO’s always make more than the “workers” and that’s what you are. Sorry. Cash your check and study the organizational chart.

  55. unomasmore says: Feb 13, 2012 7:21 PM

    With all the money pouring in and Goodell doing such a great job, can someone please tell me why there had to be a lock-out and why the players had to take pay-cut?

    Not a rhetorical question. Hoping someone can set my thinking straight.

    Is he being paid this much because the NFL is by far the most successful sports league in America and they treat their players the worst?

  56. johnnycash19 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:22 PM

    Roddy White also doesn’t understand why the owner of Walmart makes more than the cart pushers at Walmart.

  57. lookatthefarside says: Feb 13, 2012 7:33 PM

    Sure to be fined, that’s right.

  58. 808raiderinparadise says: Feb 13, 2012 7:41 PM

    Maybe if you attended the NFL lockout meeting you would understand he has the league by the balls ….. including your contract, the rule changes and fines, drug testing, schedules, pro bowl and future direction economically.

    You run to open space and catch. We watch.

    Everyone has a role.

  59. Lonely Libertarian says: Feb 13, 2012 7:43 PM

    There are easily a 100,000 or more folks who could do just as good a job at this as God-L…

    This is why I actually think a 100% tax on income over $1,000,000 a year is not an awful idea – even though I am a Libertarian on almost everything else.

    Of course that would apply to a lot more players than NFL execs…

  60. nfl1818 says: Feb 13, 2012 7:45 PM

    Usually all the comments on this board are predictable – these are now running about 40-1 agst Roddy – I’m a bit surprised.

    As far as Goodell, it feels about 100% too high. I’d pay him well but not that well. Frankly, this seems like the best job in the world and he’s got people like Kraft and other owner-negotiators covering his arse in all the key areas like network and player relations.

  61. justanotherdummy says: Feb 13, 2012 7:58 PM

    No Roddy, the players don’t make the league. The fans do. You are here to entertain us. We can live without you, and will do so when you can no longer play. You cannot do what you do without us.

  62. spinmovr says: Feb 13, 2012 8:21 PM

    Wow. Not that I had any doubt, but the comments to this post should crystallize what this site is about.

    Roddy White can’t put on his “fan” hat and criticize the money Goodell makes without being roasted for it? Because White plays football and therefore should have nothing to say about how much”the boss” makes?

    Yet scores of commenters on here are constantly, CONSTANTLY, trying to equate their non-athletic professional lives to the lives of NFL players, with thoughts of “they’re getting paid to play a game” always in the back of their minds?

    Roddy White is actually attempting to take the fans side and commiserate with the fans when he tweets something like that.

    Personally, I don’t think Goodell operates like a CEO enough to warrant that kind of scratch. He’s a lackey, the attack dog of the 32 team owners. He’s not a singularly crucial leader the way a CEO at a public company or other successful enterprise might be. The NFL was doing fantastic business before he took over and the only significant thing he’s done is hand out some suspensions to keep the player-hating yip yappers happy. And no I don’t give him credit for resolving the labor situation last summer.

  63. KM91 says: Feb 13, 2012 8:28 PM

    Your bosses get paid more than you, Roddy. It’s true in pretty much every business. After all, you’re not the one negotiating billion dollar business deals.

  64. mlenenski says: Feb 13, 2012 8:38 PM

    Falcons won’t cut Roddie, but they will trade him in a Michael Vick minute if anybody is interested after that outburst.

    He’s gonna be gone.

  65. 49erstim says: Feb 13, 2012 8:43 PM

    I dont wanna trash Roddy here. I will only say that in corporate America this is the NORM. The dude that runs the company I work for can’t come down from the highrise penthouse office and do what I do. Who freakin cares? He is selling the product that I make and that allows me to feed my family. It takes us both dooing our jobs to be successful.

    The Commish has to deal with a lot of headaches imposed by your coworkers Roddy. Blast those DBags on Twitter.

  66. dfalcon11 says: Feb 13, 2012 8:58 PM

    Roddy is right! Why is Goodell making as much as the star players? Nobody would pay a dime to see him play or watch it on tv. I don’t want to hear this stuff about him managing a $10 billion business. There are a few 100,000 MBAs who could do what he does- how many can run 4.3 or throw a football 75 yards. The players are the league, they’re the ones the fans pay to see ….not the commissioner and not the owners. Remember he is an employee of the owners. He hasn’t invested a dime and takes no risk.

  67. KIR says: Feb 13, 2012 9:01 PM

    I really don’t have a problem with what God dell makes. I have a problem with those who tell Matt Forte, Ray Rice, Fred Jackson Desean Jackson and Chris Johnson to shut up and be happy you’re making 600k yet out the other side of your mouth you’re saying God dell should make 20 mill, and it’s ok for sportscasters and those affiliated with the NFL to make millions. Somethings not right. This is “Selective Capitalism”. What is it that you really believe in? Socialism, Capitalism, some type of quasi feudalism or is this really about your petty bias?

  68. toler21 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:06 PM

    White added, “the players make this league dont ever forget that.”

    More like THE FANS MAKE THIS LEAGUE, Roddy.

    Without any of us, there’s nothing for Goodell or ol Roddy Butterfingers.

  69. bullcharger says: Feb 13, 2012 9:07 PM

    Does Roddy White know how long the line up is behind him of guys nearly as good as him waiting to make the NFL. The players don’t make the league at all. The league makes the players. The NBA thought the players made the league and look where it has got them. A completely garbage product.

    Goodell and the owners are doing a good job and Goodell deserves his paycheck.

  70. easyeddie says: Feb 13, 2012 9:07 PM

    The NFL Bylaws includes an entire section (Article VIII) devoted to the job description of NFL commissioner.

  71. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Feb 13, 2012 9:08 PM

    Why is he asking about another dude money?

  72. jimeejohnson says: Feb 13, 2012 9:10 PM

    Imagine what he’d say if he saw Goodell’s expense account allowance! White must’ve missed the part about the Commissioner being the owners’ pawn.

  73. toler21 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:10 PM

    Lonely Libertarian….

    You sir, are a moron.

  74. bullcharger says: Feb 13, 2012 9:11 PM

    KIR says:Feb 13, 2012 9:01 PM

    I really don’t have a problem with what God dell makes. I have a problem with those who tell Matt Forte, Ray Rice, Fred Jackson Desean Jackson and Chris Johnson to shut up and be happy you’re making 600k yet out the other side of your mouth you’re saying God dell should make 20 mill, and it’s ok for sportscasters and those affiliated with the NFL to make millions. Somethings not right. This is “Selective Capitalism”. What is it that you really believe in? Socialism, Capitalism, some type of quasi feudalism or is this really about your petty bias?

    —————–

    If rookies don’t want to sign the contract then they don’t have to. They can go to the CFL. The league took a chance on Chris Johnson by giving him a 600k per year job. That’s a lot of money and he was expected to perform. Since he did, he got paid. It’s how business works. The league took the risk to start.

  75. bigjdve says: Feb 13, 2012 9:14 PM

    @spinmovr : your right, part of his job is to function as the attack dog of the owners, their agent if you will – or their legal counsel. What % do you think 20 million is from 9 billion?

    It is less than 1%. How much does the average player agent make? I would assume more than that.

    If he were to make 1% of just the salary caps for all of the teams, then he would be making alot more than he is, again what % do agents make?

    Do I think players are over paid, sure, however they are playing what can (and is) considered a dangerous sport, they are the select few that have the skill set, so bully for them that they get what they can.

    However it is kinda hypocritical for them to commiserate with the fans when during the lockout when alot of the players were talking about how the fans weren’t like them and couldn’t compare themselves to the players.

    Not to mention, he isn’t commiserating with the fans as much as trying to rail on Goodell just like alot of other fans and players.

    Say what you want, but Goodell does his job well. We may not like some of the things that happen but it isn’t all him.
    The whole killing the game thing, that is the players both now and past complaining about health problems, that is what caused the lockdown on hitting.
    The players getting arrested for stupid things and failing drug tests, as well as being all around tools, that is what caused the behavior policies.

    Funny thing about the discipline is that he isn’t the one doling it out anymore, it is former players.

    Oh well, he just oversees it all and makes sure that the owners are happy. Just like a good agent is supposed to. He earns his millions.

  76. jimeejohnson says: Feb 13, 2012 9:19 PM

    “At some point, the players forgot that they are simply interchangeable parts in a extremely well designed business. Roddy White does not even realize that guys like Rodger Goddell made it possible for him to be Roddy White.”

    That comment reflects the useful idiot mentality by those who serve the rich and powerful. Again, White must’ve missed the part where he serves and the owners rake it in. After all, without the owners there would be no league. Those interchangeable parts like Joe Montana are completely interchangeable…yeah, right!

  77. marinephinfan says: Feb 13, 2012 9:20 PM

    Brains>athletic ability

    Now Roddy….get back to entertaining us and shut your mouth…clown.

  78. gmen1987 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:22 PM

    Roddy,

    Get a job in the real world and act surprise when you find your bosses make more money than you.

  79. mdd913 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:27 PM

    How can Roddy White make so much money when all he does is drop passes, screw up and spew a bunch of smack talk that he can’t back up on the field?

  80. paulieorkid says: Feb 13, 2012 10:00 PM

    Wow — such rage directed at Roddy White. And for what?

    Some dufus in here getting nearly 100% thumbs up responses because he claims the NFL is all about the fans. Yeah, it’s the fans that make the game so great.

    Many other clowns belt out the old “Shut up and play” retort – and to much acclaim in here.

    What an exceptionally elightened group we’re dealing with — some real high level thinkers in here.

  81. stevenfbrackett says: Feb 13, 2012 10:02 PM

    At that rate of pay the least he could do would be consistent. About anything.

  82. brian32556 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:07 PM

    “The players only make a few dollars”!!!!!
    ======
    They get paid millions for playing a GAME for cryin’ out tears. Firemen, the military, and construction workers get hurt more and they don’t have millions to put in the bank to help them cope with the rest of their lives.

    I’m so happy only a few of the responses were as ridiculous as Roddy White’s original statement.

  83. cletuswithat says: Feb 13, 2012 10:10 PM

    As a falcons fan i would like to ask arthur why the hell roddy gets paid so much?

  84. brenenostler says: Feb 13, 2012 10:37 PM

    Not to mention Goodell took 25% off his salary two years ago to increase the salary cap

  85. whatevnfl says: Feb 13, 2012 10:48 PM

    Seems a lot of money to pay the commissioner of a “small” “non-profit” “organization” like the League Office.

  86. KIR says: Feb 13, 2012 10:56 PM

    brian32556 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:07 PM

    “The players only make a few dollars”!!!!!
    ======
    They get paid millions for playing a GAME for cryin’ out tears. Firemen, the military, and construction workers get hurt more and they don’t have millions to put in the bank to help them cope with the rest of their lives.

    I’m so happy only a few of the responses were as ridiculous as Roddy White’s original statement.
    ____________________________________

    Wait a minute! You say what Roddy White said is ridiculous but then turn around and complain about the players salary? What exactly are you saying? It’s ok for God dell to make 20 mill but not ok for the players to make a few mill? And, what does the pay of a fireman, policeman ect… have to do with football players? Absolutely nothing. What about the singers, entertainer and newscasters who make millions. Do you also have a problem with their pay or is it just football players?

    It’s called Capitalism. In a capitalist society the prices of goods, services and labor are determined by supply and demand. How many people if trained could perform on a football field as well as NFL players? Exactly, that’s why they’re paid millions. Get over it! No one wants to see you play. Not even for free.

  87. pizzon says: Feb 13, 2012 11:04 PM

    after reading some of the posts on this subject its abundantly clear that some of the people here just post stuff without thinking rationally about what it is they want to say. White is absolutely right while Goodell manages the day to day operations of the league( if you want to call fining players) managing then so be it but the players are who the fans pay to see, its the players jerseys who the fans buy and where not Roger Goodells. when the whole strike thing happened last yr the owners said they didnt want to pay the players a certain percentage obviously because they are greedy and dont feel the players are justified in making the salaries that they make. well to put things in perspective for the casual fan there are only maybe 5 or 6 players per team who make the big salaries while the majority of the players make less than the head coach. Roger Goodell made a very superficial gesture by agreeing to get paid 1 dollar until the strike had ended. ( I guess that was to give the fans the illusion that the owners were really hurting) watch my eyes roll!! Roger Goodell is nothing more than a puppet hired by the owners to take money from the players and keep it to themselves so they can live lavish lifestyles. I say let the players get every dime due them for this simple reason. there is ALWAYS going to be football there will be plenty of revenue to go around. soon enough they will expand the season from 16 to 18 gms and already have a 10 yr contract in place so its not going away anytime soon. as for Goddells outlandish salary just because you got a title doesnt mean you are entitled to be paid a ridiculous salary especially considering the league practically runs itself.

  88. KIR says: Feb 13, 2012 11:09 PM

    @bullcharger says: Feb 13, 2012 9:11 PM

    KIR says:Feb 13, 2012 9:01 PM

    I really don’t have a problem with what God dell makes. I have a problem with those who tell Matt Forte, Ray Rice, Fred Jackson Desean Jackson and Chris Johnson to shut up and be happy you’re making 600k yet out the other side of your mouth you’re saying God dell should make 20 mill, and it’s ok for sportscasters and those affiliated with the NFL to make millions. Somethings not right. This is “Selective Capitalism”. What is it that you really believe in? Socialism, Capitalism, some type of quasi feudalism or is this really about your petty bias?

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    If rookies don’t want to sign the contract then they don’t have to. They can go to the CFL. The league took a chance on Chris Johnson by giving him a 600k per year job. That’s a lot of money and he was expected to perform. Since he did, he got paid. It’s how business works. The league took the risk to start.
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    You missed my point. The point was not that Johnson got paid. The point was he performed well (3 pro bowls in first 3 years) and wanted to be fairly compensated. The same people who are saying God dell deserved to be paid 20 mill are the same people who said Johnson did not deserve to be paid. The blatant hypocrisy is an eye opener.

  89. coolzog says: Feb 13, 2012 11:13 PM

    Why do people/players care how billionaire owners decide to spend their money? They’re ALL overpaid.

  90. joyjoy69 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:23 PM

    chalkruz1989 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:50 PM

    Why is everyone trashing Roddy White? If you can’t find why White is upset about the salary Roger Goodell makes you’re being insensitive. Imaging being in White’s place. You’re busting your hump day-in and day-out and you’re trying to stay healthy and cash out as much as you can before it’s over. Meanwhile, Goodell sits in his nicely-decorated office and lets the workers do everything while he gets paid. I know Goodell does a lot in regards to behind the scenes but it’s hard not to understand what White is saying. Replace the NFL withs scabs and I bet you the NFL revenue goes down. And, replace Goodell with someone else and I bet you the NFL doesn’t skip a beat.

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    So true, because the players go out there and negotiate the $Billion contracts with the television networks, sporting good companies, electronic game makers and other avenues that make the player’s percentage of the pie still reach into the billion-dollar range – for a GAME. I love the game, and am glad it is where it is. But, take away the league front office and its commissioner and you have a bunch of overgrown college kids playing a game in local stadiums for $20k per year and a local following (at best). I can forgive the kid for not understanding how important the business side of the operation is. But he should really stop and think before he opens up his mouth and says such ignorant things. As they say: “It is better to remain silent and be accused of being stupid then to open your mouth and prove it so…” A comment really worthy of Terrell Suggs!

  91. ahs2 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:35 PM

    Including the practice squad players, there are over 1800 players in the NFL and only one commissioner…do the math, genius!

  92. olcap says: Feb 14, 2012 6:01 AM

    Believe me, I’ve been an NFL fan for a long time. I’ve seen a lot of the most historic plays as they happened. Never would I have ever dreamed that one day I would come to a point where I would lose interest in a sport that has been a core part of my entire existence.

    Today, sadly, I do recognize that I am, little by little, losing interest. Roger Goodell’s NFL is the reason, without a doubt.

    Yes, he is doing an excellent job as commisioner.

  93. spoiledbratswhosuck says: Feb 14, 2012 7:44 AM

    Goodell making $10 million is ridiculous.

    Think how many good jobs there are in the NFL besides the coaches and players….zero.

    Only idiots worship the NFL.

    Get an education get a good job and phuc watching the NFL on Sunday like it is the end all be all.

  94. nesuperfan says: Feb 14, 2012 7:45 AM

    And he was immediately fined $25 billion dollars by the Commissioner.

  95. cornersss says: Feb 14, 2012 7:49 AM

    “White added, “the players make this league dont ever forget that.””

    Wrong. The fans do, dont ever forget it.

  96. ap757 says: Feb 14, 2012 8:31 AM

    Let’s not confuse Goodell with an owner; he was an intern that rose up the corporate ranks. He’s the spokesperson for the owners. Goodell is an employee just like Roddy White. He makes no real decisions; he just relays what the owners want. There’s little credit due to him for not screwing up the NFL cash machine in six years at the job.

    Goodell doesn’t drive the NFL bus. He’s more like the bumper sticker in front. I think $20M per year is high for his role (pure overhead).

    Good for Goodell that he was able to land such a cushy, well paying job. However, I think you’d have little trouble finding someone that can do just as good, if not better, a job as Roger.

    On the other hand, Roddy White should be mad at De Smith for agreeing to such a weak CBA. This past summer, the NFLPA had its chance to change pay scales, but the players were more focused on not missing a game check.

  97. CKL says: Feb 14, 2012 8:34 AM

    jimeejohnson says:
    Feb 13, 2012 9:19 PM
    “At some point, the players forgot that they are simply interchangeable parts in a extremely well designed business. Roddy White does not even realize that guys like Rodger Goddell made it possible for him to be Roddy White.”

    That comment reflects the useful idiot mentality by those who serve the rich and powerful. Again, White must’ve missed the part where he serves and the owners rake it in. After all, without the owners there would be no league. Those interchangeable parts like Joe Montana are completely interchangeable…yeah, right!
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    I guess I missed where the 49ers ceased to exist as a team let alone played winning football after they traded Montana. I guess I haven’t heard about the trend of fans deserting their longtime teams when they trade or release one of their great players? Oh wait….
    Point being, most of us root for laundry, though we have our favorite players.

    What’s really hurting the way football is played is the Competition Committee’s pro offense bent (and the owners’ approval of it) along with some of the CBA imposed restrictions on how coaches can run their practices. All Goodell does is put forth the wishes of the owners. I dislike his public persona, the way he handles a lot of stuff in the media, and think the NFL could do with a more charismatic speaker but regardless of who has this job, they are all going to be owners’ reps.

    I admit I am looking forward to hearing how White handles it if someone talks publicly about HIS money. :P

  98. mrvan77 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:02 PM

    Most of these post sound just like Roddy’s tweet…

    Like a bunch of jealous haters.

  99. ampking101 says: Feb 16, 2012 7:11 AM

    Only some of you will appreciate this but the hilarity of these comments is funny. Beginning/middle of the season, every post had at least three comments being Goodell begging to get him out of the NFL. Roddy White makes a comment and now the comments are ain akin to “Goodell does a pretty damn good job”.

    I’m a Falcon fan and even I know that Roddy needs to keep his mouth shut sometimes but really guys, you’re gonna defend Goodell after basically bashing him all season cause a WR made a comment?

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