10 Surprising Pop Warner Players


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Paul Tagliabue

Retiring NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue watches as his successor Roger Goodell talks to the media at an owners meeting in suburban Chicago in 2006.
Retiring NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue watches as his successor Roger Goodell talks to the media at an owners meeting in suburban Chicago in 2006.
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Not every kid who plays Pop Warner football makes a career out of the sport, but Paul Tagliabue did -- just not in uniform. While the NFL Players' Association contends up to 70 percent of its current players got their start playing Pop Warner, Tagliabue took a different route. An attorney by trade, he was NFL commissioner from 1989 to 2006, where he secured multi-billion dollar television contracts, established a global expansion plan and negotiated player salary caps with impassioned speeches. In 2010, he was tagged as an adviser for the Big East athletic conference, in addition to his ongoing appointments with the Georgetown University board of directors and U.S. Olympic Committee. And, he's in good company: Pop Warner alumni have accomplished some pretty astute feats.