In fact, he guarantees it.
“It’s going to be a few months here, but we’ll be playing this year,” Adams said Monday night. “I guarantee we’ll be playing.”
Adams spoke to reporters Monday night before being honored with a lifetime humanitarian award by the T.J. Martell Foundation with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on hand to help present him the award. The 88-year-old owner used a walker on the red carpet but moved around well.
Goodell said he would put his money down for season tickets because the NFL is doing everything to make sure the league plays football in 2011. He said the league wants to get back to negotiations, which is the fastest way to make that happen.
He hasn’t talked to DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, and he said that the NFL is prepared to negotiate when asked if there might be talks before a hearing April 6 in Minnesota in the lawsuit filed by Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and six other NFL players.
“It’s probably easier to count the nights that I’ve had a good night’s sleep,” Goodell said when asked how many sleepless nights he’s had in recent weeks.
“The reality is you know how important this game is to our fans and to the players and coaches and the clubs, and you want to make sure that you do this right. You want to make sure we address the issues that are necessary and to get the right agreement. You want both sides to feel they have an agreement that they can live with.”