|Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith address the rookies together||06.29.11 at 1:32 pm ET|
The positive signs just keep on coming: A week or so after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith spoke to the media together at the conclusion of the talks between the owners and players at the Nantasket Beach Resort in Hull, the two were together again on Wednesday when they addressed the NFL rookie class at the NFLPA rookie symposium in Florida. (Former BC star Mark Herzlich tweeted a picture from the event, which can be seen here.) The two, who flew together to the event, are apparently continuing to meet on a regular basis in hopes of finding an end to the lockout.
After their chat with the rookies, the two briefly spoke with the media. Here’s a complete transcript of what they said, courtesy of NFLLabor.com:
Smith: “We obviously spoke to the rookie class here at the Business of Football Symposium. We are not going to take questions but both of us wanted to come out and tell you that. We’re continuing to work hard. Both of us felt that it was important to come down for this event. Obviously, what we are doing on the business of football on a macro scale is about getting a fair deal done and trying to get back to the game and business of football as quickly as possible. This event was important to ensure that our young men appreciated how important we think these few days are. I’m thrilled that Roger could come down with us and talk to the rookies in a very good, direct way.”
Goodell: “It was a great opportunity for us to be able to sit with the rookies. They obviously have lots of questions. We answered the questions as best we could. But you all know that we’re under certain restrictions. We’re taking a break because we felt it was important to be down here with the players. We both have great respect, obviously, for the players. This is an important few days. We’re going to get back to work.”
Smith: “So we’re going to go back in, to get back to work on other issues. Thank you all.”
The lockout, which started in March, is the longest work stoppage in NFL history.
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