The official NFL Twitter account was hacked Tuesday morning, and tweeted false information that commissioner Roger Goodell had died -- he is, in fact, alive and well."We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away. He was 57. #RIP," the tweet said, which the NFL has since deleted.Moments later, Brian McCarthy, the league's vice president of communications, confirmed via his Twitter account that the "NFL Twitter account was hacked" and Goodell is "alive and well."Two...
Roger Goodell became Commissioner of the NFL in September 2006, taking on a new era and chapter for the hugely successful league. A New York native, Goodell was a tri-sport athlete at Bronxville High School (football, basketball, and baseball), before graduating from Washington & Jefferson College with a degree in economics in 1981. He joined the NFL in 1982 as an administrative intern in the league’s New York office, then interned with the New York Jets in 1983, before returning to the NFL in 1984 as an assistant in the public relations department.
In 1987, Goodell became the assistant to the president of the AFC. A variety of jobs would follow before he was named the league’s Chief Operating Officer in 2001, as well as heading up NFL Ventures, which controls the various business, media, and marketing units of the NFL.
In 2011, Goodell became heavily involved with the collective bargaining negotiations betwen the NFLPA and the NFL owners, while continuing to spearhead league expansion efforts, realignment, and the launch of the NFL Network. In 2014, Goodell was bestowed with the Outstanding Civilian Service Award, which recognizes substantial contributions to the US Army community while serving as the commissioner of the NFL.