In a visit to Seattle that was stealth-like in the way it flew under the radar, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attended a conference on sports concussions at the Seahawks’ Renton headquarters Saturday morning. Joining Goodell in the two-hour forum was Gov. Gregoire and a number of medical experts. Zachery Lystedt, a Maple Valley teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury playing football in 2006, was also in attendance. Washington’s new Lystedt Law requires an athlete with signs of a concussion to receive written clearance from a licensed healthcare professional before returning to play.
Most relevant to the readers of this blog: I was able to slip in a quick question to the commissioner regarding the recent administrative restructuring of the Seahawks franchise. “I know Paul Allen’s commitment to making sure he has a franchise he is proud of and this community is proud of, and he has done that with his commitment to Tod Leiweke’s leadership and now Peter McLoughlin’s … and certainly with Pete Carroll and John Schneider, and their commitment to winning. I think this organization is headed in the right direction; it’s something the NFL is proud of and I hope this community is.”