With Goodell skipping Patriots opener, fans send commissioner a message

A New England Patriots fan holds a sign referring to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady before an NFL preseason football game between the Patriots and the New York Giants.
A New England Patriots fan holds a sign referring to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady before an NFL preseason football game between the Patriots and the New York Giants. –AP

When the Patriots raise their fourth Super Bowl banner Thursday night in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell won’t be anywhere near Gillette Stadium.

Goodell is persona non grata in Foxborough after spending the past seven months working to ensure Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wouldn’t be in uniform for opening night.

But Goodell was ultimately unsuccessful in his bid to ban Brady for his alleged involvement in the Deflategate scandal as federal judge Richard Berman vacated Brady’s suspension to the delight of the Foxborough Faithful attending the Patriots-Giants tuneup Thursday night.

In the video embedded above, Patriots fans send a message to the Goodell, letting the commissioner know how they feel about Berman’s ruling and more.

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Here’s how Patriots fans celebrated Tom Brady’s overturned suspension:

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