Goodell said he has not talked about the protests with President Donald Trump, who has been very vocal about his disappointment with the protests.
Trump tweeted criticism of the NFL again Wednesday morning: The NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem. Total disrespect for our great country!”
When asked about that tweet, Goodell said, We respect our country, we respect our flag and we respect our national anthem. I think if you look at our clubs and what they do on a daily basis, I think if you look at our players and what they did and how they participate in that. We all feel very strongly about our country, have pride and we will continue to do that.
The Cowboys scored a late touchdown to take a 31-28 lead against the Packers with 1:13 remaining in the game. That was more than enough time for Rodgers, who pieced together a touchdown drive in a minute and two seconds.
It was linebacker Anthony Barr who dispensed the hit, an ominous blow as Rodgers was running right and released a throw. Barr is a fourth-year player who was a Vikings 2014 first-round draft pick. I saw him in a game at Atlanta in 2015 where he wrecked the Falcons with eight tackles, a sack, two fumble recoveries and on that day looked every bit of Hall of Famers Lawrence Taylor combined with Ray Lewis. He was that ferocious.
Since I’ve been a part of that tanking type of season, here’s where the rub comes in. No matter how hard the front office tries to assemble a roster of players designed to help losing, we as players don’t really give a damn. We are still going to play hard. There is ZERO incentive for us not to give 100 percent effort. Once we cross those white lines, what we put on film is on our. The same is true for the coaches. They get paid by wins and losses, and quite honestly, the front office doesn’t seem to care if the roster is bad.