Condoleezza Rice’s Rendezvous with the NFLMarch 25th, 2009 - 9:46 pm ICT by GD
Condoleezza Rice made most of her opportunity when she finally got the chance to address the NFL, and going by the thunderous applause and the standing ovation that she received, made it clear that she has scored an epic touchdown.
Condoleezza Rice, the Secretary of the State to the previous Bush administration, who had always aspired to be the commissioner of the NFL was invited to speak to the “league family” on Sunday, by Roger Goodwell at meeting of the owners. In her speech she addressed over several hundreds of enthralled listeners about everything worthwhile under the American sky, from politics to football to the need for an optimistic America in the current times clouded with economic blues.
Rice said, “I am prepared to answer any questions on Russia, the Middle East, advice for the draft, the zone blitz” which drew quite a many laughs especially from Goodwell, adding, “and why no one should ever run a prevent defense.”
Before inviting Rice on the platform, Goodwell quipped, “I’ve invited somebody who wants my job in front of the same people who hired me,”
To this the famous Secretary of the State replied, “It’s true, when I was talking with the Russians and … the Iranians and Venezuelans, your job seemed like a pretty good one to me.”
In her address she praised the efforts made by the NFL for the internationalization of the game, saying, “what the NFL does abroad is a part of public diplomacy,” she said, “To try to use sports and sports diplomacy to present the values we stand for, to give people a little different outlook at what we stand for (as Americans). America’s game, I just know, will be one day an international game of some proportion.”
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