Fast Facts

  • Father, Charles, was appointed to replace assassinated U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.
  • Captained the football, basketball and baseball teams in high school, but an injury kept him from playing football at Washington & Jefferson College.
  • Worked as a bartender in Washington, PA, during college.
  • Began his career with a yearlong internship in the NFL's public relations department, followed by a stint with the New York Jets' promotions department.
  • Named the NFL's ninth commissioner after the owners' fifth balloting session; Goodell prevailed 23-8 over the league's outside counsel, Gregg Levy.
  • Established a hard line on player behavior with a new personal-conduct policy that was enforced through the 2007 suspensions of Chris Henry, Adam Jones, Terry Johnson and Michael Vick.


  • Robert Rice — Uncle
  • Timothy Bartlett Goodell — Brother
  • Nancy Hunt — Aunt
  • Theodore Rice — Uncle
  • Sarah Wheeler — Aunt
  • Barbara House — Aunt
  • Charles Goodell — Father
  • Jane Skinner — Wife
  • Jean Rice Goodell — Mother
  • Patricia Goldman — Stepmother
  • Michael C.E. Goodell — Brother
  • Charles Goodell — Grandfather
  • Jeffrey H. Goodell — Brother
  • William Rice Goodell — Brother


  • Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA (BS in Economics, 1981)


  • Birth Place: Jamestown, NY
  • Profession: NFL commissioner

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