Roger Goodell: ‘It’d Be an Honor’ to Hand Lombardi Trophy to Tom Brady Despite Deflategate Feud


With the AFC Championship game well in hand this past Sunday, New England Patriots fans had only one question on their minds:


The fans chanted, late in the game, for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell — who opted to attend the NFC Championship game in Atlanta instead. Fans wonder, however, if there was more to his absence in Foxborough — given the lingering bad blood over the deflategate scandal, in which Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended for four games.

In a rare interview on The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Goodell denied that he decided to skip the AFC title game because of safety concerns.

“We’ve got two great games,” Goodell said. “And you’ve got to choose.”

Goodell also denied that there was any personal animus between he and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

“I wouldn’t be doing my job if somebody wasn’t unhappy (sic) with a decision that you make, or the way you’re doing it,” Goodell said. “Robert and I can disagree about things. We have a healthy respect for one another. But that’s true with any owner.”

Asked by Cowherd if he thought there would be “a little discomfort” handing the Lombardi trophy to Brady and the Patriots next Sunday, Goodell said that would not be the case.

“Tom Brady is one of the all-time greats,” Goodell said. “He has been for several years. He’s on the precipice of at least potentially winning his fifth Super Bowl ring. He’s an extraordinary player, great performer and a sure-fire Hall of Famer, so it’d be an honor.”

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