Critical Thinking on the Football Field
Learn first, block a lineman second, says Roger Goodell
The panel was called “The Parents and the Village: Fostering a Learning Culture in our Communities." Quite a big subject, with some even bigger names on the panel.
Included were Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York; Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner; and Russell Simmons, music producer. They discussed the importance of parents being more involved in their children’s schools.
After the panel, Goodell took a minute to talk to me about education and athletes. He told me as a child he wanted to be in the NFL and his dream came true because he never lost sight of his goals and worked hard to achieve them.He really wanted to be a football player but in the end decided not to.
"I do still play football,” he said. “I played football with my two 9-year old daughters over the weekend. You can play football in different fashions. It's a great way to get active.”
Click on the play button to find out what Goodell had to say when I asked him about the importance of athletes getting a good education AND what athletes need to know on the field. It isn't all about size and speed.
VIDEO: Courtesy Scholastic, Inc.