Goodell on Gaines Adams: ‘He stood out’

As reaction comes in from around the league on the passing of Chicago Bears DE Gaines Adams on Sunday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also offered a few of his thoughts and memories on the 26-year-old who died after going into cardiac arrest because of an enlarged heart.

“Just arrived in San Diego and heard the sad news about the death of Gaines Adams,” Goodell posted on Twitter. “I remember him at 2007 Draft as a fine young man.”

Goodell, who is attending the Jets-Chargers game in San Diego, also shared some thoughts on Adams with Sam Farmer of The Los Angeles Times.

“It’s a sad outcome,” Goodell told the paper. “He was a terrific young man. I met him at the draft when he came in, and he stood out. He was a very caring individual. I’d seen him a couple of times, most recently in Chicago.

“He seemed like a very genuine, nice man. He seemed focused on being a good person, not just an NFL player. I was always taken with him.”

We’ve posted a photo gallery of Adams throughout his career.

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