On September 1, 2006, the National Football League reigns were given to Roger Goodell. Paul Tagliabue, the former commissioner, served the NFL from 1989-2006. Saints fans hold Tagliabue near and dear to their heart, as he played a pivotal role in making sure the team returned to New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Tagliabue was the man responsible for convincing Tom Benson to make the Saints stay in the city.
The role of the commissioner is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the league, create business strategies for growth, promoting player safety and keeping the integrity of the game to satisfy players, staff, owners, and their supporters.
Perhaps the most controversial part of a job as the commissioner is being charged with handing out discipline for players who don’t play by the rules, and making decisions that affect the way the game is played/viewed.
Jimmy Graham was the subject of a recent rule change, which prohibits a player from using the ball as a prop to perform a ‘slam dunk’ on the goalpost. Jimmy Graham is not the first, and will certainly not be the last player that changes the football world.
Today, we’ll look at some considerable rule changes to occur in the NFL, dating back to 1989. Strap in, get comfortable, and let’s go!