Why was Roger Goodell dedicating a playground in Brighton?

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and Josh Kraft, president of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation, grinned for the cameras Wednesday afternoon at the dedication of a new playground in Brighton.

To toast the return of football season, the NFL teamed up with the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots to complete acts of community service for NFL Kickoff Community Build. The Patriots and NFL worked with Boston-based youth organization Bridge Over Troubled Waters to make the new playground a reality. BOTW Executive Director Elisabeth Jackson was on hand to oversee the work.

Three former Patriots players — Brent Williams, Steve Nelson, and Rick Cash — helped build the playground with volunteers from Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

Our playground finally coming together with help from @NFL commissioner and @Patriots alumn Brent Williams

— BridgeOTW (@BridgeOTW) September 6, 2017

Tx Steve Nelson + Rick Cash @Patriots alumni 4 helping to build the new playground set for our kids! @NFL

— BridgeOTW (@BridgeOTW) September 6, 2017


Afterward, Goodell and Kraft spoke to the crowd of volunteers and thanked them for all their hard work. They then hung a plaque on a fence surrounding the playground. The plaque reads: “This playground was donated by the National Football League and the New England Patriots so kids can be kids!”

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Post-Deflategate and in light of the rather charged relationship between Goodell and Patriots Nation, the NFL commissioner’s act of community service made some feel a bit conflicted. But, hey, it was a nice thing for the neighborhood.

Not your biggest fan...but ok, Roger. Doing something nice for the kids.

— Mikey C (@McStag) September 6, 2017

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