Goodell forms player safety advisory committee

Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott and John Madden, the Hall of Fame coach, have been appointed to a new Player Safety Advisory Panel formed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

The panel, comprised of former players, coaches and one former general manager, will make recommendations to Goodell on safety-related matters.

Also named to the committee are former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, former player and coach Marty Schottenheimer and former players Antonio Freeman, Patrick Kerney, Willie Lanier and Anthony Munoz.

“We have been discussing the value of creating this type of independent advisory group for several months,” said Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations in a statement released by the league. “It is consistent with commissioner Goodell’s ongoing priority to always seek the views of players and coaches on football matters.”

The panel will review all areas of player safety, including rules. It’s our guess that this panel is a move by Goodell and the league to show that player safety remains a top priority as they push ahead toward an 18-game schedule, something players are clamoring goes against any concern for player health and well being.

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