NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and players' union chief DeMaurice Smith took questions Wednesday at a symposium for NFL rookies. "That's really the significance of this," NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah said. "There's a lockout happening now, but we've got to look forward and consider the necessity to have a positive working relationship with the league." Goodell and Smith met in Minneapolis before flying together to Sarasota on Tuesday night. After a joint breakfast Wednesday, they talked for an hour with 155 rookies. "We were taking a break (from negotiations) because we felt it was important to be down here with the players," Goodell said. "This is an important few days. We're going to get back to work."
Goodell, Smith Address Rookies