Here is a Q&A with College Football Hall of Famer Glenn Ressler, a Mahanoy Joint graduate who had the field at Line Mountain named in his honor on Saturday. Ressler played 10 seasons in the NFL and played in two Super Bowls with the Baltimore Colts.
On the performance of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:
“'He's pretty strict. Obviously he pushes his authority to the limits because, let's face it, he's working for the owners and that's why the players have representation and negotiations.
“The things he has to deal with, I'm not sure (previous commissioners) had to deal with in the past at least not to this extent.”
He agreed with Goodell's actions in the case of the New Orleans Saints and the so-called “Bounty Gate.”
“You can't have those kinds of things happen; they should never be allowed. Who gets punished and who does not, I don't know how you get to the bottom of it. He did what he thought he had to do, and that was to send a message to the team, and show everyone that there are (lines) you don't cross. Players will do what they can get away with, but for coaches to encourage it is going over the line, it should not be tolerated.
“Overall I think he's done a pretty good job. They got a long-term deal with the players, with a contract that runs for 10 years. Like it or not, for the league and the players, everyone knows what pace you're on, and they are good for the next decade, which is a good thing, there's not going to be any work stoppage.”
On the large difference in player salaries, from his playing days:
“It's good for the sport, and good for all the players,” he said, noting that when he played, the players could not make a living in the NFL and everyone had to have off-season jobs.