Goodell tells kids: Play the game right


AKRON, Ohio (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took his message about playing safe to a youth football camp on Saturday morning, telling players that they need to respect the rules and not try to hurt opponents by using their helmets as weapons.

Goodell thinks the crackdown on impermissible hits in the NFL will filter down to the lower levels of the game.

He also said there's no place in the game for bounties on opposing players, like the one that brought the New Orleans Saints significant suspensions in the offseason.

Goodell is in northern Ohio for the Hall of Fame inductions in Canton on Saturday night. He said he expects the league to approve the Cleveland Browns' sale to Jimmy Haslam by October barring an unforeseen snag.

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