Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports

There’s awkward and there is this…

The NFL recently participated in the National Football Foundation Dinner this week in New York. The dinner is to honor military and community leaders, national scholar-athletes, recent inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame and many others.

Legendary Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach was on hand for the dinner and took time to tell a little joke. It just so happened that the joke involved the biggest talking point revolving around the NFL: concussions. With the “Concussion” movie set to debut in just two weeks, the topic is unavoidable but that didn’t keep Roger the Dodger from dodging away from the controversy:

Goodell was then front-and-center laughing at Staubach’s joke. Does someone need to tell the commish that the ‘Concussion’ movie isn’t a comedy, or more importantly, that concussions aren’t a laughing matter. Period.

I’m also surprised that Staubach was in on this ‘joke’. He’s one of the classiest athletes ever who served in Vietnam and was named the ‘Man of the Year’ in 1983. I didn’t expect him to make light of this serious situation especially considering that one of his most famous teammates, Tony Dorsett, is battling CTE due to head injuries from his playing days. Dorsett surely wouldn’t find the humor in this and neither would thousands of other former players.

As if the ‘Concussion’ movie wasn’t enough to make the NFL look bad, Goodell’s reaction just makes it look even worse.

Ross Kelly is an Associated Producer for CBS Local Sports. He is from Louisiana and is a fan of all sports, but not of any teams (except LSU). He can be reached at ross.kelly@cbs.com.

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