“My commitment has been and will continue to be to change the culture of football to better protect players without changing the essence of what makes the game so popular. It has been done.
“And it will be done.”
But the changes are coming too late for thousands of former players who are suing the NFL, claiming it withheld information on the damage concussions can do to their long-term health. Research has shown that repeated hits to the head, even those that do not cause concussions, can cause brain damage that leads to memory loss and depression and has been blamed for the suicides of several former players.
Goodell stressed that there is risk of injury in all sports.