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NFL Commissioners and Presidents

NFL Commissioners and Presidents

09/16/2020
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In 2006, Roger Goodell was chosen as the eighth NFL Commissioner in National Football League history.

The legendary Jim Thorpe, whose star status helped the game earn respect during its infancy, was named the first president of the National Football League (first known as the American Professional Football Association).

Three long-time leaders of the NFL – Joe Carr, Bert Bell, and Pete Rozelle – have earned election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for their contributions to the game.

Here is a look at the men who have headed up the NFL since its founding at an automobile showroom in downtown Canton in 1920.

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President
1920
President
1921-1939
Carl Storck
President
1939-1941
Elmer Layden
Commissioner
1941-46
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Commissioner
1946-1959
Commissioner
1960-1989
Paul Tagliabue
Commissioner
1989-2006
Roger Goodell
Commissioner
2006-present
 
*NFL treasurer Austin Gunsel served as president in the office of the commissioner following the death of Bert Bell (Oct. 11, 1959) until the election of Pete Rozelle (Jan. 26, 1960).

 

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