A fundraiser for Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School in Tampa brought in some big names Friday morning, including everyone from Derrick Brooks himself to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who spoke briefly about a wide range of topics involving the league.
Goodell talked about the experiments to make extra point plays more exciting, with some ideas being testing during the upcoming preseason ahead of something being implemented for the 2015 regular season.
"What we want to do is to add more excitement to the play," he explained. "So the ideas being discussed by the Competition Committee include everything from moving [the kick] back to the 20, 25, 30. They're looking at different options, maybe putting the ball at the 1 to entice teams to go for two. And then there's some more dramatic proposals."
Goodell also said he expects the Super Bowl to return to Tampa at some point, but he said new venues have expended the field of candidates for the big event.
"We're seeing more stadiums being constructed around the country and communities are saying, 'This great tremendous value, we want this.' So I don't think it's a reflection on Tampa; I think there's just a very competitive nature out there."
The commissioner also had kind words for former NFL owner Eddie DeBartolo, who is one of the founders of the Brooks DeBartolo school. The charter school is launching a capital campaign to build an athletic complex on campus, which will include a field house and stadium.
The school was founded in 2007 by the charitable organizations of the Brooks and the Debartolo families.
"We're at an area in our athletics where we need to step up and serve our kids and our school athletics because they've done a lot of the hard work the last few years in building up this program," Derrick Brooks explained. "Now, we need to take the next step."
The school's mission is to strive to be a model collegiate school offering a broad and rigorous educational program to students from diverse cultures.
For more information about the school, visit www.bdchs.org.
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