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Roger Goodell (1959- ) has served as NFL Commissioner since being chosen to succeed Paul Tagliabue in 2006. Goodell's rise to the NFL's top executive position came nearly 25 years after he first took a job with the league. In 1982, fresh out of college, he talked his way into a position as an administrative intern at NFL headquarters, slowly working his way up the league's corporate ladder from there.

The early years of Goodell's NFL reign have featured steady growth in NFL business and a sharp crackdown on off-field misconduct by the league's players, with Goodell imposing lengthy suspensions on misbehaving athletes like Michael Vick and Adam "Pacman" Jones.

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