NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would allow son to play football
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Believing that the sport is much safer now, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he will let his son, if he had one, play football.
“I couldn’t be more optimistic about it because the game of football has always evolved,” Goodell said during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation”.
“Through the years, through the decades, we’ve made changes to our game, to make it safer, to make it more exciting, to make it a better game for the players, for the fans, and we have done that in a very calculated fashion,” he added.
Goodell was asked the question after President Obama’s comment that he would have to “think long and hard” about letting a son play football. Obama has no son, and like Goodell, he has two daughters.
The commissioner and the NFL have been under fire for not admitting that there is a connection between head injuries and medical problems suffered by retired players.
However, the commissioner assured that the league continues to fund research projects to learn more about the risks of the game and how to change the rules to protect the safety of the players.
Part of the safety precautions is to create a “strike zone” that would make it illegal to hit a player in the head or knees.
“I think we’ve seen in the last several decades that players are using their head more than they have in the past. The helmets are better, and they feel safer using their heads. “The facemasks,” Goodell said in his pre-Super Bowl address in New Orleans.
“But the reality is, we have to get back to that tackling. Using the shoulders, using the arms properly. And there is a strike zone,” he added.