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Roger Goodell: Football will evolve

Updated: November 16, 2012, 9:12 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Professional football can evolve into a safer game without sacrificing the physical play -- or, some would say, violence -- that has made it so popular, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a speech on player safety at the Harvard School of Public Health on Thursday.

"Football has always evolved, and it always will," he told an overflow crowd of a few hundred. "Make no mistake: change does not inhibit the game, it improves it."

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