Roger Goodell (right) meets with a local youth football team prior to the fan forum at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 9, 2011. (Photo by Matt Warren)
Roger Goodell came to Ralph Wilson Stadium a few weekends ago to answer questions from Buffalo Bills season ticket holders. While I've been sharing quotes from that event (and will continue to do so), I'd like to share some thoughts from that event, as well.
- This must have been such a unique event for Goodell because of his family ties. Before taking questions, he met with the Orchard Park Bills youth football team. On the team were some family members and/or children of close personal friends who he began talking to, but shook hands with each team member and the coaching staff. After the event, he signed autographs for each player, too, which I'm sure made their day.
Despite his Western New York roots, Goodell was never a Bills fan, instead rooting for teams near the nation's capital where his father was a Congressman. Goodell's brother is a genuine Bills fan, though, said the league's leader.
I'm thankful that the NFL contacted Buffalo Rumblings and allowed me to be a part of the fan forum event. They want input from NFL fans and have a large number of them that read our blog, as well as the rest of the SB Nation NFL network of blogs.