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Report: Goodell tells friends he fears a player will die on the field

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s emphasis on player safety is borne in part of a fear that a high-impact collision will cause a player to die on the field.

That’s what friends of Goodell’s told Don Van Natta Jr., who wrote a lengthy profile of Goodell for ESPN the Magazine. Goodell frequently speaks about how President Theodore Roosevelt saved the sport of football in the early 20th Century by insisting on reforms after several college players died, and Goodell now hopes that his own reforms can prevent an NFL player from dying today.

He’s terrified of it,” an unnamed Hall of Fame player who speaks regularly with Goodell said. “It wouldn’t just be a tragedy. It would be awfully bad for business.”

Goodell declined interview requests for the ESPN the Magazine profile, but the comments of his friends suggest that fears of the very worst-case scenario motivate much of his focus on making the game safer.

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  1. ccjcsr says: Mar 5, 2013 3:58 PM

    It’s bound to happen one day, can’t stop the train from moving forward!

  2. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 5, 2013 3:59 PM

    People die in Nascar and it’s still a very popular sport.

  3. knucklebucket says: Mar 5, 2013 4:00 PM

    Yet the league continues their half hearted safety rules which ignore half of the players safety. He has good reason to be fearful of a death.

  4. therealraider says: Mar 5, 2013 4:00 PM

    Goodell is afraid a player might get tackled on the field.

  5. rr2000k says: Mar 5, 2013 4:01 PM

    Pleeeeeaaaaaaassssseeeee. So why don’t you try to add more games? Oh, wait.

  6. eagleaniac says: Mar 5, 2013 4:05 PM

    If you feel that way then forget about an 18 game season! And forget about Thursday night games, that’s too short a turn around for those guys to recover from sunday’s beating. Thanksgiving day games are more than enough. If you really care get over the greed and leave it alone, Sunday games are just fine!

  7. tkotanch says: Mar 5, 2013 4:05 PM

    I completely agree with him. My friends and I have talked about this. It’s only a matter of time that a player dies on the field. Does anyone remember the Giants/Detroit game..probably 15 years ago..where one of the Lions players went out on the field and they were using one of the bags to help him breath?..I thought he was a goner.

  8. 50milessouthofdetroit says: Mar 5, 2013 4:07 PM

    I was at the game in ’97 when Lions LB Reggie Brown suffered the career-ending neck injury. I believe they had to give him a tracheotomy on the field. I remember Johnnie Morton sprinting to the tunnel to get help. It was very scary to witness, and helpless at the same time. I seriously hope i never see anything like it again

  9. sdelmonte says: Mar 5, 2013 4:08 PM

    Overall, that feature about Goodell is rather good and rather balanced. For all the derision that the World Wide Leader has earned with soundbites, endless debates and hype, sometimes something really good and thoughtful comes along on the website or in the magazine.

  10. mizzouram says: Mar 5, 2013 4:08 PM

    The problem with that is, even if you make football as safe as it can be, someone can STILL die on the feild. Football is an inherently dangerous sport, it’s all a matter of how much danger you can live with.

    Not to mention, IMO the emphasis on player safety is to vague make much of a difference. I still see helmet to helmet contact 10x a game in the NFL, but it’s never flagged/fined unless the QB or a defenseless “receiver” is involved.

  11. jpell86 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:10 PM

    Police, Firefighters and soldiers die every day. Race car and motorcycle racers die a few times a year. There is a chance a football player will die on a field at some point, if control freak Goodell is terrified of that happening he needs to get a grip. The game is dangerous, why does everyone seem to understand that but the commissioner?

  12. heyzeus143 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    Flag football then

  13. nineroutsider says: Mar 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    “It wouldn’t just be a tragedy. It would be awfully bad for business.”
    ——————————–

    Rest assured, business is his only concern here. Do not confuse his concern with any sort of noble deed.

  14. FinFan68 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    Not to sound brash but, so what? To my knowledge it has never happened at the NFL level. That means if the feared tragedy does happen, it would be a huge fluke. The league is arguably safer now than it has ever been. Just ensure that the absolute best equipment is obtained and then actually mandate the players use it. Any failure to do so or any circumventing the requirements should result in an immediate suspension. Further rules changes endanger the game itself by fundamentally changing it.

  15. bandoy767 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:12 PM

    yes because “bad for business” is whats important here

  16. seanx40 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:12 PM

    He is worried about lawsuits. Not people.

  17. h1ndrix says: Mar 5, 2013 4:12 PM

    Yea so afraid he wants to add more games for more revenue. If a player does die, Goodell might run on the field and empty his pockets before the ambulance arrives.

  18. chi01town says: Mar 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    who care what this bum is afraid of… If he dont like the game he should
    get away from it. this is the NFL not
    golf and every player knows what they are getting into. Goodell needs to go NOW

  19. bobbyhoying says: Mar 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    No one forces players to walk on to the field. People die in cars every day. Should we stop driving?

  20. gizmo1526 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:14 PM

    If he’s so worried about safety, how about making it mandatory to wear the safest equipment available. Everytime a player has multiple concussions, they start wearing a much safer helmet and continue to play. How about making players wear that helmet from the start and having some of the concussions never happen. Instead of trying to change the game into a two hand touch league for qbs and wrs

  21. heyguru1969 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:14 PM

    “It wouldn’t just be a tragedy. It would be awfully bad for business.”

    Possibly the worst quote of all time!

  22. tdubdizzle says: Mar 5, 2013 4:15 PM

    “He’s terrified of it,” an unnamed Hall of Fame player who speaks regularly with Goodell said. “It wouldn’t just be a tragedy. It would be awfully bad for business.”

    Thats so sad the game/world has come to this. Although the man would be upset over a player dying on the field he would be even more upset because it would affect his business. Sad, just sad. No recreational activity is worth dying over, let a lone leaving the field with any permanent injuries that would carry over into Real Life.

  23. beavertonsteve says: Mar 5, 2013 4:15 PM

    Baseball is just as likely to cause a player death. I think it is the idea that NFL players are trying to hit each other as hard as possible as opposed to baseball where a ball hitting a player in the head would be considered an accident.

  24. tdk24 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:15 PM

    Didn’t some kid just die at the X games riding a snowmobile? Stuff happens man. People die doing what they love to do all the time.

  25. fanofevilempire says: Mar 5, 2013 4:16 PM

    I believe him, it could happen. I don’t see him as a bad guy he is a guy who has made some bad decisions and who hasn’t done that.

  26. wherezwaldo says: Mar 5, 2013 4:17 PM

    Im sick & tired of Goddell’s tom foolery.

  27. tdubdizzle says: Mar 5, 2013 4:17 PM

    ilovefoolsball

    Nascar is popular in states that don’t have real sports. They don’t have a choice.lol

  28. ravenator says: Mar 5, 2013 4:17 PM

    No one is going to die thats just silly. Dementia, most definitely

  29. barnesaintnoble says: Mar 5, 2013 4:17 PM

    Yeah right. It would be bad for business because the players would start demanding more money because of the risk and a salary cap would have to be raised if not abolished. The NFLPA would have ALL the bargaining chips at that point. Do you really think the death of a player is going to stop a multi-billion dollar business? Unfortunately, it’s not.

  30. ravenator says: Mar 5, 2013 4:20 PM

    No one is going to die thats just silly. Dementia, most definitely. Paralysis, probably.

  31. bigbadal21 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:21 PM

    I don’t believe a word of this. For this to be true Goodell would have to have friends.

  32. ibreathefootball says: Mar 5, 2013 4:22 PM

    The average police officer makes $50,000. They risk their lives every single day, and some, unfortunately don’t come home to their families. I think the NFL should look at it the same way. You get paid a kings ransom to play a kids game. I’m ready to see football again not Goodell trying to change it to the National Flag Football League! This sport is based off of aggression, what would it be without the hitting? Boring Baseball? lol

  33. jdubkc says: Mar 5, 2013 4:22 PM

    I personally would be more frightened to be a MLB Pitcher.

  34. dcwal152 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:23 PM

    I know it wasn’t a high impact collision, but Korey Stringer doesn’t count?

  35. frankdatank23 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:27 PM

    This is a problem. I would feel as awful as anyone if such a thing happened. But these boys play football, they like to play football. Getting hurt is part of the game.

    Why dont we just tell the Blue Angels they cant fly jets anymore because someone could be seriously hurt ?

    Goodell’s a business man and he’s doing what he thinks is best for the league. It’s kind of like in movies when we put robots in charge of our safety, and the robots decided the best option is to imprison us. Goodell will destroy the quality of the game we know and love to avoid future lawsuits and whatnot.

  36. joelvis72 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:28 PM

    chrisknowsdbr says:Mar 5, 2013 4:18 PM

    R.I.P. Chuck Hughes
    ————————-

    It’s already happened; in 1970.

  37. noring4youstill says: Mar 5, 2013 4:35 PM

    No he fears the legal ramifications.

  38. sschmiggles says: Mar 5, 2013 4:36 PM

    It’s probably something the NFL should be prepared for. Not trying to be cynical, but some of these guys have come really close (Drew Bledsoe, Kevin Everett).

    Seems only like a matter of time before someone takes a really bad hit, no matter what the rules are.

  39. forreels says: Mar 5, 2013 4:38 PM

    Football players will play football. Wether 1 or 20 die on the field it will not change their love of the game. Some people play the game because they love it and getting the money is an awesome bonus. If you take a zero off of everyones salary, I bet they still play the game.

  40. Corey Jeppesen says: Mar 5, 2013 4:38 PM

    So many of you are so negative and hateful all the time. It’s ridiculous.

  41. fwippel says: Mar 5, 2013 4:41 PM

    Well, Roger if you’re that concerned, how about dropping all those NFL network games on Thursdays and let the players get a full week of rest?

    But noooo, you keep on increasing the number of broadcasts for the purpose of gaining more exposure for your own network.

    You care about safety? Give the players a full week of rest for starters.

  42. mogogo1 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:41 PM

    Even assuming Goodell is sincere (huge if there, given he also wants an 18-game season… apparently so he can worry even more about guys dying) this is why he’s not the right guy to be commissioner of the NFL.

    Everyone is for player safety in terms of the best pads, best helmets, best medical care, etc. But Goodell has started the NFL down the slippery slope of basically admitting the sport is too dangerous to play. In a move they will surely regret one day, the league’s official stance has become that kickoffs just might be too dangerous to remain in the game. And the moment that comes to pass, you’re left looking at punts because they’re pretty similar to kickoffs, then you start noticing that guys are running fast and getting hit hard on long pass plays, too…

    They’re eventually going to destroy the very essence of the game while simultaneously creating an atmosphere where parents won’t want their kids playing football any more. It’s not all going to happen overnight, but someday a sport will surpass the NFL in popularity, just as football once left baseball behind, and the guy most responsible will be Roger Goodell.

  43. fwippel says: Mar 5, 2013 4:44 PM

    BTW, I believe Chuck Hughes of the Lions was the last player to die on the field, just moments after making his only catch of the season. Circa 1971. R.I.P.

  44. keylimelight says: Mar 5, 2013 4:46 PM

    Several fluffer-type articles have come out recently. Looks like a full court press to do some image rehab for old Roj.

    This latest “concern” about a player dying on the field is merely for show. No one wants to see that happen in any sport, I’m just saying that Goodell and Co. need to have it out there to impress upon would-be concussion judges that the NFL is concerned about safety.

  45. keepounding1234 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:48 PM

    bobbyhoying says:
    Mar 5, 2013 4:13 PM
    No one forces players to walk on to the field. People die in cars every day. Should we stop driving?
    ___________________________________
    No. But we should wear seatbelts.

  46. ilifadeili says: Mar 5, 2013 4:58 PM

    So what are we waiting for? Let’s implement that 18 game season to prevent a player from dying!

  47. croghan1919 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:58 PM

    I don’t like a lot of what Goodell has done, but for the unnamed source to say “it would be awfully bad for business” is just COLD.
    And if you read the line above again you’ll have to agree… the source said it, NOT Goodell.

  48. gorilladunk says: Mar 5, 2013 5:00 PM

    @joelvis…glad I’m not the only one who remembers Hughes all those years ago. Hughes had a heart attack and collapsed on the field. I have told my sons that I fear a player dying in my lifetime as a result of a collision. Players getting too big and too fast. The human body can only absorb so much inertia.

  49. jdubkc says: Mar 5, 2013 5:00 PM

    RE: Chuck Hughes

    He did die on the field yes but wasnt it a heart attack?

  50. asseenonokra says: Mar 5, 2013 5:12 PM

    croghan1919 says:
    Mar 5, 2013 4:58 PM
    I don’t like a lot of what Goodell has done, but for the unnamed source to say “it would be awfully bad for business” is just COLD.
    And if you read the line above again you’ll have to agree… the source said it, NOT Goodell.

    ——————–
    True, but I think the implication is that the source and Goodell agree with the statement and have clearly spoken about it.

  51. aintasinner says: Mar 5, 2013 5:13 PM

    As death would surely be a tragedy but make no mistake

    A death would certainly be a tragedy, but make no mistake about it, if the man were really concerned about safety, he wouldn’t have locked out the refs, lobbied for an 18 game season, or implemented Thursday night games. The man is in the business to make money. The NFL doesn’t make enough already.

  52. chawk12thman says: Mar 5, 2013 5:15 PM

    If a healthy person dies on the field during a game that would be very sad. Based on all of the precautions taken today and the doctors/health professionals at the games, it would be beyond any rule changes or anything that anyone can do, at this point. I vote for No more rule changes.

    For his concern: “Good on him.”

  53. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Mar 5, 2013 5:16 PM

    How does making the season two games longer increase the chance of someone dying?
    What are you people talking about? Do you even know?

  54. watchfullhose says: Mar 5, 2013 5:18 PM

    I guess the league having a history of injuries like Dennis Byrd’s isn’t bad enough…someone has to die.

  55. skinsrock says: Mar 5, 2013 5:19 PM

    Yeah, because after Dale Earnhardt died they removed crashes from Nascar… Sarcasm off.

  56. fwippel says: Mar 5, 2013 5:22 PM

    jdubkc says:
    Mar 5, 2013 5:00 PM
    RE: Chuck Hughes

    He did die on the field yes but wasnt it a heart attack?

    ===========================
    I believe that is correct.

  57. SilentMajority says: Mar 5, 2013 5:26 PM

    Lets see how many Neanderthals we can get to post on one site. Everyone should want the game to be safer because that would be better for both the game and the players, but of course the attitude of most of the people who post here is, “everything sucks,” so of course all the comments are about how Goodell sucks… Pathetic.

  58. tjacks7 says: Mar 5, 2013 5:26 PM

    As long as these guys are making ridiculous money and they aren’t seeing teammates or friends die week in and week out, they’ll continue to play football. It’s that simple.

  59. rexryanstoecheese says: Mar 5, 2013 5:28 PM

    nineroutisder says: Mar 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    “It wouldn’t just be a tragedy. It would be awfully bad for business.”
    ——————————–
    Rest assured, business is his only concern here. Do not confuse his concern with any sort of noble deed.

    heyguru1969 says: Mar 5, 2013 4:14 PM
    “It wouldn’t just be a tragedy. It would be awfully bad for business.”
    Possibly the worst quote of all time!

    bandoy767says: Mar 5, 2013 4:12 PM
    yes because “bad for business” is whats important here

    *********************************************

    You all skip out on reading comprehension in 8th grade or what?

    The articles states that “unnamed player who speak regularly with Goodell” said that.
    not Goodell himself.

    Would you all jump in his grave that quickly as well?

  60. boogerhut says: Mar 5, 2013 5:28 PM

    Everyone of you meatheads that use the quote “It wouldn’t just be a tragedy. It would be awfully bad for business.” need to understand two things. #1. It IS a business. A HUGE business. and #2. Read the story, mouth the words as you read if it helps. It is NOT a quote from Goodell. He didn’t interview for the story. It is a quote from “an unnamed Hall of Fame player”.. See any difference? Too busy blindly bashing like villagers with pitchforks to actually understand the text. Just skim through, see Goodell in the story, and start slinging insults. SMH

  61. rextraordinaire says: Mar 5, 2013 5:31 PM

    You can’t completely eliminate the risk of getting killed on the football field.

    Nor can you completely eliminate the risk of getting killed while using a copy machine.

    Goodell knows this. He basically hopes he never has to deal with everything that would go with it. That’s a lot of bad press and a lot of landscape-changing work. Lots of late and/or sleepless nights. I wouldn’t wish it on any commissioner of any pro sport.

  62. mjkelly77 says: Mar 5, 2013 5:34 PM

    nineroutsider says:Mar 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    “It wouldn’t just be a tragedy. It would be awfully bad for business.”
    ——————————–

    Rest assured, business is his only concern here. Do not confuse his concern with any sort of noble deed.
    ________________

    Spoken like an unknowlegeable cynic. They’re not mutually exclusive.

  63. catfanatic1979v1 says: Mar 5, 2013 5:40 PM

    Why not improve equipment players wear and stop making rules?

  64. mjkelly77 says: Mar 5, 2013 5:43 PM

    FinFan68 says:Mar 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    Not to sound brash but, so what? To my knowledge it has never happened at the NFL level …
    __________________

    You’re too young to know. Chuck Hughes of the Lions died on the field in 1971. Heart attack on the way back to the huddle from the previous play. I was there. It was eerie.

  65. maximusprime107 says: Mar 5, 2013 5:44 PM

    You know what would solve all of this? In players contracts write in that they, or their family, cannot sue in the event of death or serious injury. I’m sure most players would still sign it

  66. justintuckrule says: Mar 5, 2013 5:53 PM

    The irony would be if it happened to a defensive player because he couldn’t protect himself properly from a missile of a TE coming over the middle.

  67. cvandercook6106 says: Mar 5, 2013 5:55 PM

    When I was 17 I witnessed an old man have a heart attack in a movie theater.. He died right there..
    I still go to the movies.

  68. SilentMajority says: Mar 5, 2013 5:55 PM

    tdk24 says:
    Mar 5, 2013 4:15 PM
    Didn’t some kid just die at the X games riding a snowmobile? Stuff happens man. People die doing what they love to do all the time.
    _________________

    I guarantee that if you asked him before he died, how he’d like to die, getting crushed by a snowmobile wouldn’t have been in his Top Ten. Likewise, football players probably don’t dream of dying on a football field in front of millions of people…

  69. commonsensedude says: Mar 5, 2013 6:04 PM

    I certainly hope it will never happen. However, I wonder how Goodell would feel if he got his way on having an extended season and an on-field tragedy happened on Week 18. You can’t have it both ways.

  70. fearthehoody says: Mar 5, 2013 6:16 PM

    Funny, I was telling a friend I fear the future of the NFL with Ol Roger

  71. pturner81 says: Mar 5, 2013 6:22 PM

    Hes worried about how much money a death would cost the league.

  72. bigbamboom1 says: Mar 5, 2013 6:23 PM

    That’s just going to happen one day. The game invites it. He needs to get over it and make sure they have a superb PR and league wide response plan ready when it happens.

    I thought it happened last year in the Patriots/Ravens game on the Stevan Ridley hit. The way Ridley collapsed terrified me. I thought he was dead. And I bet Roger Goodell thought so too.

  73. sliceanddic3 says: Mar 5, 2013 6:32 PM

    The real headline: Goodell has friends.

  74. gbmickey says: Mar 5, 2013 6:38 PM

    Its getting tiresome of the simplistic posters jumping over Goodell. First off do you realize it was someone elses quote. Secondly, i hope you can comprehend he is a spokesperson for the owners and does what he is instructed to do. Discussions about the 18 game schedules and instituting a Thursday night game is based on the owners decision not his. Lastly you talk about equipment that has to do with the NFLPA, the league cannot even get the union to make the players wear pads, yet it is somehow Goodells fault. Time to wake up people.

  75. brownoholic says: Mar 5, 2013 6:39 PM

    Used to be kind of sick of this guy. Now I’m just sick of this guy.

  76. 15starr says: Mar 5, 2013 6:58 PM

    I fear that the same thing. That would be horrible.

  77. jakethesnake57 says: Mar 5, 2013 7:49 PM

    Goodell would be a great commissioner of a flag football league

  78. monkeesfan says: Mar 5, 2013 7:54 PM

    While one can never say never, after a million football games with the game FAR AND AWAY safer now than it’s ever been, I’m not particularly concerned a player will die on the field.

  79. goldrush94 says: Mar 5, 2013 7:56 PM

    It’s fear tactics. No NFL player as far as I know has died on the field. This is part of his globalization agenda. Soften the game to appeal to larger masses. How can someone who’s pushing to extend the season, someone who fought against a better pension plan for former players claim he fears for player safety? Goodell is flawed fraud. He is David Stern of the NFL with no regard for the fans and the integrity of the game. He wants to reach out to and amass “casual” fans while neglecting the hardcore fans who have made the NFL the most popular sport in America.

  80. jr4real says: Mar 5, 2013 8:01 PM

    Those are some friends he has!

  81. pdxpanther says: Mar 5, 2013 8:02 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    Mar 5, 2013 3:59 PM
    People die in Nascar and it’s still a very popular sport.
    ____________________________________

    Yes, but it’s not a sport that parents send their kids to play in comparison to football. It’s child involvement for football is at a higher scale than racing (any form)

  82. starfan79 says: Mar 5, 2013 8:06 PM

    People have died in NASCAR, MOTOGP and other sports, if it happens it will be tragic yes but this sounds like mommy going to school with a kid to protect him from bullies.. You can’t! Roger needs to go. I hate that guy.

  83. mazblast says: Mar 5, 2013 8:07 PM

    Wait a second. Is The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person somehow trying to compare himself to Teddy Roosevelt?

  84. bizmaukee says: Mar 5, 2013 8:09 PM

    I hope it’s manti teo

  85. 16x8equal49ers says: Mar 5, 2013 8:14 PM

    In my opinion he is concerned about youth/high school football. All these concussion issues is mostly about pennsions but also keeping football safe so parents allow their kids to play for the success of future NFL generations.

  86. MichaelEdits says: Mar 5, 2013 9:02 PM

    Most of us would pay extra to see that.

  87. axespray says: Mar 5, 2013 9:10 PM

    Can’t blame him … I get fearful just seeing a guy’s leg go backwards …

    That Nick Collins injury shook me up for a while – Marcus Lattimore and Derek Sherrod’s leg injuries – gruesome ….

    Stuff that happens in a contact sport, but still – it sucks seeing a person go through that sort of stuff.

  88. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 5, 2013 9:12 PM

    “Goodell tells friends he fears a player will die on the field, “He’s terrified of it,” an unnamed Hall of Fame player who speaks regularly with Goodell said.”

    No. He’s terrified of the lawsuit that will filed against the league if a player dies on the field, and the amount of money it will likely cost the league.

  89. brintfatre says: Mar 5, 2013 9:21 PM

    And if he has it’s way it will be a Saint.

  90. istateyourname says: Mar 5, 2013 9:33 PM

    He’s right, 22 men enter, 21 men leave doesn’t have a good ring to it…

  91. istateyourname says: Mar 5, 2013 9:35 PM

    And my money’s on that Utah guy with the heart thingy…

  92. goldenperspective says: Mar 5, 2013 10:03 PM

    All this hate towards Goodell is silly. The bad business is mentioned because the human aspect should be understood without having to say it. He’s not a mentally ill serial killer, of course he would be heartbroken about it. He would probably feel responsible for it if he didn’t take necessary precautions to prevent a tragedy like that. Not only would it be terrible for the victim but everyone of the 60,000 plus witnesses would lose a part of their soul as well. Sometimes big daddy has to make decisions the kiddies don’t like but should understand those decisions are made in the interest of the greater good.

  93. mdd913 says: Mar 5, 2013 10:37 PM

    let’s be honest here. Does Goodell REALLY worry about a player dying on the field???

    Or does he really worry about the bad PR and negative financial effect on the league if a player died on the field?

    My guess is the latter.

  94. chi01town says: Mar 5, 2013 10:55 PM

    If Goodell have his way we will be watching games of catch. the players wont be playing football at all. This is a man who has never played the game. why the owners put this guy in charge is the real question?

  95. msclemons67 says: Mar 5, 2013 11:13 PM

    I’m even more afraid that the NFL would charge a $19.95 PPV fee to watch replays of said death on NFL.com

  96. canadianbucsfan says: Mar 5, 2013 11:55 PM

    Didn’t Lawrence Taylor almost kill a quarterback back in the day with a big hit? Football is a violent sport, hope we never see the day when a player loses his life on the field.

  97. pack88 says: Mar 6, 2013 12:19 AM

    What is Goodell talking about: It has already happened 1962 Howard Lucas a Guard from the NY Titans died of a briken neck suffered on the field. 1981 VJ Cain died of an apparent heartattack on the field- Korey Stringer died in Training camp.

  98. buffalomafia says: Mar 6, 2013 5:42 AM

    Million dollar players playing a kids game!

    Just make it two hand touch?

  99. justintuckrule says: Mar 6, 2013 11:08 AM

    He’s a hypocrite. Slow the game down and let defenses play, you know, defense and the game will be much safer than it is now.

  100. monkeesfan says: Mar 7, 2013 10:37 AM

    No they won’t. Defense didn’t make the game safer when it was ahead of offense – on the contrary the game has gotten far safer as offense has surged ahead of defense.

    As for lawsuits, why are they even allowed? No one has the right to sue because of injury in competition; injury ultimately is the responsibility of the individual involved, not the league/sanctioning body. It’s lunacy to allow any lawsuits.

  101. gizzmonic says: Mar 10, 2013 4:30 PM

    If it happens I hope its a primetime game with extra cameras

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