NFL Owners Elect Goodell as Commissioner

Goodell's election was much less complicated than Tagliabue's in 1989, when it took owners seven months to select a successor to Rozelle. Originally, the top choice appeared to be Saints president Jim Finks, who was recommended by an advisory committee. But many of the newer owners would not back Finks, favored by most old-liners.

It took 12 ballots -- six of them on Oct. 26, 1989 -- to finally elect Tagliabue. Goodell's selection was over in less time than it takes for a long, leisurely lunch.

"The process was good in that it got everyone looking ahead and not just at the circumstances in their own city," Tagliabue said.

Tagliabue simply introduced Goodell as the new commissioner, then stepped aside as he took the podium.

"I spent my life following my passion," Goodell said. "The game of football is the most important thing. You can never forget that."

Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi said, "Those of us who have been around a long time were rooting for someone from inside the (NFL) family.

"He's always been aggressive and always had a presence about him. He's obviously bright. He couldn't be more qualified for this job."

Goodell, born in Jamestown, N.Y., is married and has twin daughters.

This story was culled from ESPN reports and wire services.

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