NFL veteran and NBA personality rush to the aid of Roger Goodell

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So many people have come out and criticised NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the last week and a half.

Most have asked for him to leave his job while some others have been looking for him to step up and perform to everyone's preferred actions.

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He largely has former Baltimore Ravens Runningback Ray Rice to thank for his harsh treatment over the last few days.

Rice has been a highly talked about name in America of late after the video of him physically abusing his wife in an elevator was released.

It seems like so long ago now that the video was released but in that time, Rice has been dropped by the Ravens, suspended indefinitely from the NFL and is now appealing that decision.

Goodell may have Rice to thank for the start of his 'downfall', but its not like the Minnesota Vikings Runningback Adrian Peterson, Carolina Panthers Greg Hardy or Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Dwyer have helped.

There has been so much negativity around the Commissioner and the NFL this week, but not everyone is against Goodell.

Who still believes?

On Thursday, two big names have come out and shown their support for the Commissioner and tried to lighten the load on his shoulders.

The names may surprise you as NFL veteran and New York Jets Quarterback Michael Vick has thrown his weight behind Goodell.

Vick has felt the harsh justice as dished out by Goodell in the past and he isn't the only one feeling that Goodell is doing a good job.

The more praised sporting commissioner in America right now, Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA has also supported Goodell.

Silver earned many plaudits in his handling of the Donald Sterling - racism saga earlier this year and many people have asked for Goodell to be more like Silver in recent days.

Vick and Silver become two names to publicly defend Goodell and the names of people joining them on that list are few and far between.

Last week a part owner of the New York Giants also came out and supported Goodell but there has been a lot more criticism than support for the Commissioner lately.

It has gotten so bad that even a woman's advocacy group has hired a plane to fly over three NFL games waving banners with anti-Goodell messages.

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