Goodell speaking on advisory forum on NFL Network

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell‘s interview about the new NFL Player Advisory Forum will air tonight on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Kickoff Presented by Sears pregame show at 6 p.m. ET. The NFL announced the new program today that will be led by former NFL coach Tony Dungy and will involve a regular series of meetings in various cities with NFL players, including Pro Bowl veterans such as Broncos safety Brian Dawkins, Ravens LB Ray Lewis, and Cardinals QB Kurt Warner.

The following are quotes from Commissioner Goodell during the interview that was taped for the pregame show:

On NFL Player Advisory Forum and its purpose:
“The number one thing that we want to get is input from our players on what’s going on in their lives and how they feel about the game and issues on and off the field.”

On players voicing their concerns and critiques on league rules and guidelines:
“We want to hear from the players on what’s not going well, what we need to work on and what we can improve on; How we can do things better. And the players are very vocal and they have always given me great input. They have been valuable to us in whatever changes are made from rules to the personal conduct policy to changes in the Pro Bowl.”

On the logistics of the meetings:
“We want to make it convenient for the players since they’re taking their personal time to participate. They’ll help set the agenda. What are the issues they want to talk about, that they want me to be aware of? So that we can take that into consideration.”

On the NFLPA’s involvement:
“I mentioned to De [DeMaurice Smith] and asked if he wanted to participate and I’d welcome that. We’d be glad to have him sit in, either De himself or a representative.”

On if the Commissioner will use the forums to give his thoughts on issues to players:
“You do learn a lot from listening, but I’m also not a wallflower when I have a strong view on a particular issue, so yes, I will share my opinion on things.”

On when the first Player Advisory Forum will take place:
“We hope to do that by mid-December. I think our initial focus will start in the Baltimore-Washington area, where we can reach the Redskins, Ravens, Eagles and maybe the two New York teams. They can get there easily and make it convenient for them on an off day.”

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