At a time when it has become fashionable for players to gripe about Commissioner Roger Goodell, Browns cornerback Joe Haden has a different view.
We know that because he shared it with Pro Football Talk on Friday.
“I would say for me I would give him an A, just ’cause I’m doing my thing, making my checks, playing the sport that I love, and everything’s going pretty good for me,” Haden said.
Not a bad assessment from a guy who was suspended four games last season, reportedly for taking Adderall.
Haden realizes that other players have concerns about the Commissioner, such as Haden’s teammate, Scott Fujita, but Haden’s focus for now is on his own backyard, where things are pretty good especially in light of the fact that he was a top-seven pick in 2010, the year before the labor deal restricted the money paid out at the top of the draft.
It’s not uncommon for young players to feel that way. Or, in the NFL’s case, for most veteran players to feel that way. Still, Haden’s views on Goodell depart from those of most of his peers.