Mon Apr 25 06:39am EDT
The draft had been briefly drawn as a battleground when some NFL players were asking potential rookies to not attend; and the NFL Players Association was threatening to host events that would possibly overshadow the initial picks of the draft.
USA Today interviewed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on a number of issues, but his comments on the upcoming draft indicate that the incoming rookies are planning to show up to meet their new employers.
"The draft is one of my favorite events because it is about football. People are focused on how their teams improve. It's a celebration of football. And most importantly, it represents a very important time in the lives of these men who are entering the NFL, and their families," Goodell told the paper. "To be a part of them starting their careers, it's an honor and a privilege. I enjoy having the time with the players that we bring in. We're bringing in the most players ever this year. I think we'll have 25 players. That's the exciting thing for me."
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