SBD/Issue 212/Leagues & Governing Bodies

NFL Notes: 99 Foreign-Born Players In Training Camps

In N.Y., Teddy Kider reported there were 99 foreign-born players on NFL rosters as training camps opened last week, nearly double the total of 52 ten years ago (N.Y. TIMES, 7/29).

McNair Lauds NFL Commissioner
For Handling Of Off-Field Incidents
SUPPORT FOR GOODELL: Texans Owner Bob McNair said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "is doing a superb job" with his new conduct policy. McNair: "He's saying to owners, coaches, players, trainers and anyone associated with the NFL that he's not going to put up with behavior that's unacceptable.  I support that 100[%]" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/29).

GRIDIRON GREATS: In L.A., Greg Johnson wrote the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, a group aimed at helping retired NFLers, issued a statement Friday that "took issue" with co-Founder Jerry Kramer attending a meeting with NFL and NFLPA reps last Tuesday.  The statement said Kramer attended the meeting as "an individual, and not as a representative" of the group.  Gridiron Greats BOD members Mike Ditka, Joe DeLamiellure, Gale Sayers and Harry Carson also "dismissed the alliance ... as a public relations ploy, and described its promise of assistance to retirees with financial and medical problems as 'more smoke and mirrors.'"  Kramer, who is not a BOD member, said, "I think it was ill-advised and uninformed ... to issue a press release without first talking to me" (L.A. TIMES, 7/28).

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