NEW YORK — The chants of “We want football!” followed a chorus of boos after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was introduced on the stage Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall before the start of the 2011 NFL Draft.
It took a while, but when Goodell finally was able to get in a word after about a minute, he quieted the crowd by raising a subject far more serious than the labor issues that have the fans upset.
With players from Auburn and Alabama, along with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, standing behind him, Goodell called for a moment of silence in honor of the nearly 200 people who died Wednesday after tornadoes ripped through the South, particularly the state of Alabama.
The fans’ reaction to his introduction wasn’t lost on Goodell, who minutes later tweeted: “I agree with fans here at Radio City. We want football. I’m with you, I get it.”