Roger Goodell is the eighth chief executive in the NFL's 88-year history. He was chosen by the NFL club owners to succeed Paul Tagliabue and took office on September 1, 2006. In his first year, Commissioner Goodell addressed a wide range of priorities, including player health and safety, the medical needs of retired players, personal conduct, revenue sharing, stadium construction, the re-launch of NFL.com, and international development. He created the first NFL Player Advisory Council, strengthened the league's anti-steroids policy, launched innovative new television contracts, and improved the NFL's news media access policies to better serve fan interest.
Goodell managed a wide array of football and business operations during a 24-year career in the NFL before being named commissioner. He was instrumental in many league accomplishments, including expansion, realignment, and stadium development. He directed the dramatic transformation and growth of the NFL's business units, played a lead role in the launch of the NFL Network, and was a key member of the negotiating team that produced the NFL's television agreements.In football operations, he helped lead the 1994 initiative for rules changes to improve offensive production, oversaw the administration of the instant replay system, and restructured the officiating department. Roger Goodell is the third of five sons of the late Congressman and Senator Charles Goodell. He and his entire family are lifelong Chautauquans.