Roger Goodell is an American sports executive and businessman. He is the current chairman of the National Football League, a position he has held since 2006. He has had several impacts on the League including an increase in the value of the average franchise as well as the signing of more lucrative TV deals. Apart from having an ambitious mind, there are much more fascinating facts about Roger, kindly read on.
Roger Goodell’s Bio (Age)
He was born on February 19, 1959, as Roger Stokoe Goodell into the family of Charles Ellsworth Goodell and Jean Goodell in Jamestown, New York. His father was a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1959 to 1968 after which he served in the Senate for two years following the assassination of Senator Robert E. Kennedy in 1968.
Roger Goodell graduated in 1981 from Washington and Jefferson College, Pennsylvania, with a degree in Economics. Afterward, he interned as an administrator at the NFL headquarters in New York City. He, thereafter, interned with the New York Jets franchise after which he returned to the league office as a public relations office assistant.
Roger has never looked back since then, he has diligently worked his way through the ranks of the NFL. In 2001, he became the executive vice president as well as the chief operating officer of the corporation; an appointment which made him the right-hand man for then-commissioner, Paul Tagliabue.
While in this position, he was in charge of the NFL’s football operations, the officiating, and the supervision of all business functions related to the league. He was the head of NFL Ventures which oversees the league’s business units, development of stadiums, strategic planning of league related activities, and media properties. Roger is credited with being a major force behind the league’s expansion, stadium development, and realignment. He played a major role in the launch of the NFL Network as well as in the signing of new and lucrative television agreements.
Career As NFL’s Chairman
Roger Goodell contested with four other people for the post of chairman of the NFL in 2006 and won with the necessary two-thirds majority after five rounds of voting. He assumed this post officially on the 1st of September 2006 which was the same day his predecessor stepped down from office.
As the new chairman, he prioritized protecting the integrity of the NFL; he demonstrated this through the implementation of the personal conduct policy in 2007. The policy was a response to the wave of arrests of NFL players due to misconduct and it effectively put Goodell in charge of handing out punishment to erring players. While this policy was initially applauded as a welcome development, it has since then been criticized for being heavy-handed.
Also, while there had been evidence that concussion among NFL players lead to brain damage a long time before Goodell became NFL chairman, it was during his administration that more evidence came to light which made it hard to deny the correlation between football-related head injuries and brain damage. This led to a lawsuit which culminated in a $765 million settlement to about 4,500 former NFL players.
His Net Worth
From his appointment in 2006 through 2016, Goodell earned $212.5 million. He then signed a 5-year contract extension in 2018 that could see him earn as much as $200 million. According to reports, his current net worth stands at $75 million.
The Family of Roger Goodell
Roger Goodell got married to Jane Skinner, who was an anchor with the Fox News Channel in October 1997. Jane grew up in Lake Forest, Illinois. Her father, Sam Skinner, was Secretary of Transportation as well as White House Chief of Staff during the administration of President George H. W. Bush. She attended Northwestern University where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.
Her career in television started as a political correspondent for KBJR in the city of Duluth, Minnesota. She also worked in Milwaukee with WITI as an anchor and helped established its primetime newscast; this was after the television station became affiliated with the Fox News Channel. Jane started her career at Fox News Channel as a general reporter and retired on June 24, 2010.
Roger Goodell and his wife, Jane Skinner, have twin daughters who were born in 2001.
Roger Goodell stands a little below 6 ft. at 5 ft. 11 in. (1.8 m). His other body measurements are readily not available.