- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was booed by fans when he opened the NFL draft and again when he announced Cam Newton as the first overall pick by Carolina.

Goodell welcomed the fans packing Radio City Music Hall and said, “Let’s get back to some football. The 2011 NFL draft is officially open.”

Fans responded by chanting, “We want football!”

Before the draft Goodell mingled with some fans in the lobby, chatting and posing for pictures.

Even before he officially got the draft started, he was greeted by boos by many of the fans and the “We want football!” cries.

Goodell smiled and said, “I hear you.”

As the chants grew louder, Goodell said, “I agree. I’m with you.”

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