NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is showing the Pro Bowl more love after previously threatening to cancel it if play didn’t improve.
Goodell said in an ESPN Radio interview Monday that participants played harder and made the game very competitive.
“It was real football,” he said. “It was something that I give a lot of credit to the players.”
Goodell said Domonique Foxworth, president of the player’s union, worked with players to come up with the idea of changing the game from its usual AFC-vs.-NFC format. The new unconferenced format based partly on pickup games and fantasy sports gave players something to get excited about, he said.
“I believe it was a very, very positive step and I salute the players and I’m glad they had so much fun,” Goodell said. “And I think fans had a fun time watching — I know I did.”
Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, at 27 years old, said Monday he is giving serious consideration to hanging it up after the Super Bowl. He’s not burned out, not worried about his health.
He just figures he’s had a good run.
“I had a goal of playing five years, and I reached that,” Rodgers-Cromartie said.
He has completed six NFL seasons, in fact, and could be in line to command plenty of money after making three interceptions in 2013. But Rodgers-Cromartie insisted that depending on how he feels after Sunday’s game, he might call it quits.
“I had my fun in this league,” he said.
Fellow Denver cornerback Champ Bailey is in his 15th year in the league.
• Pete Carroll is in support of the NFL looking further into whether medicinal marijuana could be beneficial for players. The Seattle Seahawks coach said he supports Goodell’s message last week that the league could consider medicinal marijuana as a treatment if science proved it could be beneficial for players who have suffered concussions.
• Former Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak was hired to be Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator, replacing Jim Caldwell, who was hired on Jan. 14 to coach the Detroit Lions.
• The forecast for the Super Bowl calls for a high of 39 with a low of 27, which is average for the area.
Poll: Who is doing the best job coaching a Minnesota pro sports team?
|Houston||2||Top 8th Inning|
|Washington||9||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Miami||5||Bottom 8th Inning|
|NY Yankees||4||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Baltimore||0||Bottom 3rd Inning|
|Detroit||3||Top 8th Inning|
|Cincinnati||0||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Los Angeles||5||Top 3rd Inning|
|San Francisco||7||Top 2nd Inning|
|Chicago WSox||0||Top 3rd Inning|
|Kansas City||1||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Seattle||0||Bottom 2nd Inning|
|Colorado||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|Oakland||0||Top 2nd Inning|
|LA Lakers||7:00 PM|
|Miss Valley St||75|
|Winthrop||30||2nd Half 15:25|
|Evansville||2||1st Half 18:30|
|Northern Ill||6:00 PM|
|Bowling Green||6:00 PM|
|Central Mich||6:00 PM|
|Morehead State||6:30 PM|
|Coll of Charleston||7:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||8:00 PM|
|Loyola Marymount||10:30 PM|
|(21) George Washington||77|
|(3) South Carolina||58|
|East Tenn St||66|
|Richmond||39||2nd Half 2:46|
|Miami-Florida||53||2nd Half 2:59|
|(2) Notre Dame||65|
|Siena||41||2nd Half 13:27|
|Washington St||20||2nd Half 17:20|
|(9) Arizona State||25|
|Ark-Pine Bluff||37||2nd Half 11:49|
|Miss Valley St||32|
|(23) Rutgers||28||1st Half 4:58|
|Tennessee St||21||1st Half 3:55|
|Loyola Marymount||23||1st Half 0:03|
|(18) Texas A&M||4||1st Half 12:57|
|Saint Josephs||3:30 PM|
|Santa Clara||4:30 PM|
|Virginia Tech||5:00 PM|
|(7) Florida State|
|Rhode Island||6:00 PM|
|North Florida||6:00 PM|
|(20) Fla Gulf Coast|
|Kennesaw St||6:00 PM|
|USC Upstate||6:00 PM|
|Saint Peters||6:00 PM|
|(13) Princeton||6:00 PM|
|(15) North Carolina||7:00 PM|
|San Jose St||7:00 PM|
|Utah State||8:00 PM|
|(8) Oregon State|
|New Mexico||8:00 PM|
|(12) Kentucky||8:25 PM|
|(11) Miss State|
|San Diego State||8:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||8:30 PM|
|Boise State||9:00 PM|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|