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Roger Goodell Biography

Birth Place:
Jamestown, New York, United States
NFL commissioner

Fast Facts

  • Father, Charles, was appointed to replace assassinated U
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  • 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


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