"I have a lot of respect and admiration for Tom. I know him personally. I admire him tremendously, and he's a future Hall of Fame player. But our rules apply to everybody. They apply to every single player. Every single player expects those rules to apply to everybody. Every coach does, every fan does, every partner, every team does. So our rules and the integrity of our game aren't because somebody's popular or somebody's a Super Bowl champ or not. They're to be applied evenly. Our teams expect that, and that's our job. That's our responsibility. That's my job." — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the league's fall meeting in New York yesterday regarding New England Patriots' QB Tom Brady and "deflate-gate."