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Roger Goodell Quotes

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Roger Goodell quotes: the NFL Commissioner’s top quotes.

“It is very common to tell graduates: dream and dream big.  I say do more than that.  When you dream you are in an unconscious state.  It ends.  You wake up.  It’s not real.”

“The way you continue to be a successful business is you don’t wait for the car to go off the cliff.  You have to manage yourself.  And make sure you do it in the right way so you are not making decisions in crisis.”

“I think there’s a balance that you have to take into consideration.”

“The best advice I ever received from my father: ‘Feel only your own pressure.  Your own is sufficient.'”

“One of the strong principles that I believe in is that you’re always learning.”

“You have to continue to learn.  That’s how you develop.  So the people who show that curiosity, that ambition, that willingness to do what it takes to improve and to get better – they’re the people who are going to be successful in the long-term.”

“Ignorance is not a suitable defense.”

“When there’s a pattern of mistakes, something has got to change.  The same mistakes can never be repeated.”

“Understand where you’ve made mistakes, where you can improve.”

“Change before you’re forced to change.”

“Uncertainty’s not good for anybody.”

“You know that I’m always a proponent of doing things differently.”

“I learned in high school that I was going to have to outwork people.  I remember running around the track, training for football, and a faster guy ran past me.  I just figured, I can outlast him.  If I work harder than him, I’ll beat him.  And to this day I over-prepare.”

“Too much of our society looks for people to fail.”

“We’re in a leadership position in sports.  People look up to the National Football League.”

“People want to feel part of a group… feel like they’re connected… and right now, during these difficult times, they can turn on free television and watch the greatest entertainment that’s out there.  They can forget their worries for just a few hours.”

“When I see a world that we live in right now, there’s so much division.  There’s so much discourse and concern.  The whole world is going to gather around their television sets and celebrate everyone coming together.  When you can be involved with that, that’s a good moment.”

“To me, what I love about the draft is, first, you see the young men who are realizing their dreams that they’ve worked so hard for.  That’s a pretty cool thing.  And then, the second thing is this total sense of hope and optimism.  And, I think that’s great for everybody.”

“The draft is one of my favorite events because it is about football.  People are focused on how their teams improve.  It’s a celebration of football.  And most importantly, it represents a very important time in the lives of these men who are entering the NFL, and their families.”

“There is risk involved in anything in life but what we need to do is to make sure we show people how to get the most out of playing sports and do it safely.”

“No one is above the game or the rules that govern it.  Respect for the game and the people who participate in it will not be compromised.”

“The highest standards of conduct must be met by everyone in the NFL because it is a privilege to represent the NFL, not a right.”

“I don’t expect to try to get people to like everything I do.  I want them to respect what I do.”

“Just to be clear… we have close to 200 million fans.  We know there are segments that are going to have different reactions to different things that go on in our league.  Ultimately, I think people respect and admire the things we do and want to be part of it.”

“Last but not least, it’s management, and when I say that, it’s about diversity in our management.  We believe in diversity.  We believe we’re better as an organization when we have good people at the table.  We have great people at the table.”

“I don’t get myself caught up in the rhetoric of any personal comments that are made.”

“I’m going to have to work harder to try to make sure we can work together, we can trust one another.  But we also need to make sure that we understand that we’re going to have differences, and that’s okay.”

“Just as the game of football, if it’s going to survive, must evolve, Roger Goodell now knows, so, too, must the commissioner.”

“We’re going to keep making progress here and make a difference.”

“I take my responsibilities very seriously.  It’s an awesome responsibility, not only to maintain the level of success the NFL has, but to build on that.”

“I don’t do things for public relations.  I do things because they’re the right thing to do, because I love the game.”

“I spent a lot of time in the school psychologist’s office.  I didn’t apply myself.  My mother thought I had learning disabilities.”

“My goal was to prove to my family I wasn’t a dummy.”

“I’ve spent my life following my passion.”

“It is a privilege for me to serve the NFL.  It is the only place I have ever wanted to work.”

“I’m very fortunate, and I know that.”

“The one thing I would hope would go on my tombstone is, ‘I made my parents proud.'”

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