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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Will Address Drunk Driving

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is set to address drunk driving and the NFL. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is set to address drunk driving and the NFL. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drinking and driving by NFL players is a problem Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to address.

He said Friday at the Super Bowl he met with Mothers Against Drunk Driving last week to work on the issue.

“The reality is we have to do a better job of educating people in the NFL that this is a priority: ‘This is for your safety, for the safety of the people in your car, and for innocent people that are out there.’ There are services designed to help them make better decisions before they leave their homes,” Goodell said during his pre-Super Bowl state of the league news conference. “We have to make sure that they understand those services, and most importantly, take advantage of them.”

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent faces an intoxication manslaughter charge for a Dec. 8 crash that killed his friend and practice-squad member Jerry Brown. Last month, another Cowboys player, lineman Jay Ratliff, was arrested after sideswiping a semitrailer truck. Ratliff was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Blood-alcohol tests released by police say both Brent and Ratliff were well above the legal limit.

49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs, who went on injured reserve in December, was arrested Nov. 30 for suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. Dobbs was involved in a single-car accident in which he hit a chain-link fence and a bush but didn’t sustain any injuries.

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