Jerry Jones And The Cowboys Are Pulling Out All The Stops To Prevent Fans From Booing Goodell At The Draft

Ah, a tradition unlike any other: Roger Goodell facing a sea of boos at the draft every year as he walks out to announce the #1 overall pick. It’s really one of the best NFL moments every year. Philly brought the thunder last year, Chicago didn’t disappoint a few years back, and of course Jets fans in New York pretty much invented this tradition.
But this year may be different and I don’t like it one bit. It appears the Cowboys are planning on giving Goodell a little boo insurance tonight. It won’t just be ol’ Rog taking the stage alone when he struts out to announce that the Browns are taking Baker Mayfield. They’re sending out a couple Cowboys legends in Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach, and Jason Witten to flank him and really put these fans in a predicament. It’s a genius move, really.

From ESPN:

Commissioner Roger Goodell will have some company when he walks to the front of the stage Thursday night to start the NFL draft at AT&T Stadium — the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Booed in the past when taking the stage, Goodell is expected to be flanked by some Cowboys greats — Hall of Fame quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, as well as probable future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten.
“I’m sure he’s going to get a good response with us being out there,” Staubach said. “If they boo, all of us are in trouble.”

What sucks is that you just know Cowboys fans were ready to bring it tonight after Goodell handed Zeke Elliott that six-game suspension last season. Now they’ll be in a real pretzel figuring out how to respond when these guys walk out on stage.
Also, I guess Goodell and Jerry are cool now? It feels like just yesterday when Jerry was ready to anything he could to get Roger out of there. Now he’s giving him some relief in one of the NFL’s greatest traditions. Who knows.

Pro Football Talk seems to think they’ve mended things

Neither Jerry Jones nor Roger Goodell talked to the media after a joint appearance for the NFL Draft Legacy Project. But the Cowboys owner and the NFL Commissioner seem to have moved on from Jones’ attempts to block Goodell’s contract extension after Ezekiel Elliott‘s suspension.
The two sat side by side, whispered during the event and were magnanimous in their public comments about each other Wednesday.

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