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Published August 22, 2011
FOLLOW THE LEADERS: The AP’s Brett Martel noted when the lockout began, what “mattered most was leadership” and Saints QB Drew Brees, Patriots QB Tom Brady and Colts QB Peyton Manning were “called on to represent pro football players in an antitrust lawsuit against the league.” Now their legacies “will be not only enhanced but forever linked because of the leadership roles they took during the NFL lockout.” Brees serves on the NFLPA’s Exec Committee and “was as active as any player in negotiations that produced a 10-year labor agreement.” Brady “has a close personal relationship” with Patriots Owner Robert Kraft, who “has been widely credited for his leadership among the owners.” Some saw Brady “serving as a bridge builder between” Kraft and NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith. Manning is perhaps “the NFL’s marquee name,” and his “show of solidarity with the players was seen as symbolically significant.” Colts C and NFLPA Exec Committee member Jeff Saturday said of Manning, “Basically, he’s the face of our game right now and so for him to put his name on the lawsuit, I think, said a lot about him” (AP, 8/21).
of Pryor's five-game suspension
DOING THE RIGHT THING? In N.Y., Ebenezer Samuel wrote if Goodell “doesn't take a stand to help his gazillion-dollar organization stand up for a helpless bajillion-dollar NCAA who will?” But to “really help the NCAA reform the colossal corruption that permeates its member-schools, Goodell will need to take it up a notch.” In the “name of equal application of rules, Goodell will need to send some serious league-wide messages" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/21). In Cleveland, Bud Shaw writes under the header, “Amid Storm Of Critics, Roger Goodell Did The Right Thing With Terrelle Pryor Suspension.” Goodell “should be applauded in looking at all the circumstances surrounding his case, and for weighing the attempt by people around Pryor to artificially enhance his eligibility with claims of even more NCAA violations while” at Ohio State. That was “a direct challenge to the spirit of the rules governing the supplemental draft.” Shaw: “How often has a player argued that he wasn't just guilty of infractions, he was guiltier than anyone realized? Goodell couldn't let that pass and didn't.” If Goodell “suddenly starts suspending players who come through the regular draft for infractions committed in college, then the claim of a dangerous precedent is a fair discussion topic,” but “that's not going to happen” (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/22).