Paul Tagliabue Bio, Family, Wife, Age, Gay Son, Nfl, Net Worth, Awards

Paul Tagliabue Biography

Paul Tagliabue {Full name- Paul John Tagliabue; /ˈtæɡliəbuː/)} is a former Commissioner of the National Football League who was born on November 24, 1940, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. He took up the position in 1989 and was replaced on August 8, 2006 by Roger Goodell, upon his election to the position. On September 1, 2006, Tagliabue’s retirement took effect. He had previously served as a lawyer for the NFL and also went on to serve as Chairman of Board of Directors of Georgetown University from 2008 to 2015.

Tagliabue was captain of the 1961–62 basketball team at Georgetown University where he studied after receiving an athletic scholarship to play basketball. When he graduated in 1962, he was a Rhodes Scholar finalist and a Dean’s List graduate and president of his senior class.

Paul Tagliabue graduated with a law degree in 1965 from New York University School of Law. He has awarded honorary degrees from Northeastern University and Colgate University. Tagliabue practiced law from 1969 to 1989, with the Washington, D.C. firm Covington & Burling.

Paul Tagliabue Family

Tagliabue was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on November 24, 1940, Charles and May Tagliabue. He is of Italian descent and was born the third of sons.

Paul Tagliabue Wife | Children | Gay Son

Tagliabue started dating Chandler Minter in 1964 and the couple tied the knot on 28th Aug 1965. The couple has been married for 53 years and have two children, a daughter and a son named Emily and Andrew Tagliabue respectively. His son Andrew Tagliabue is openly gay.

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Paul Tagliabue Age

Tagliabue is a former Commissioner of the National Football League who was born on November 24, 1940, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S. He is also a lawyer by profession and represented the NFL prior to becoming a commissioner. Tagliabue is 79 years old as of 2018.

Paul Tagliabue Hall Of Fame

Tagliabue was one of two contributors considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 alongside Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. He served as the league’s commissioner from 1989 to 2006. Tagliabue was named among 15 finalists for the fourth time in 2017, but fell below the 80 percent requirement and was not voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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League Expansion

Tagliabue was selected by NFL owners to succeed Pete Rozelle as Commissioner of the NFL in 1989 after serving as a lawyer for the NFL. The NFL expanded from 28 teams to 32 during his tenure as commissioner with new franchises were announced in 1993 to begin play in 1995 in Charlotte and Jacksonville. Subsequent moves by other teams resulted in a 31st team being added at Cleveland in 1999; this team, though technically an expansion team, inherited the name, colors, and history (including all team and individual records) from the Cleveland Browns, who had relocated to Baltimore in 1996 as the Baltimore Ravens. The 32nd franchise was the Houston Texans, added in 2002.

Europe’s NFL

Paul Tagliabue started the World League of American Football (WLAF), a spring developmental league, with seven teams in North America, and three in Europe. In the first season, the European teams dominated in 1991. In 1992, after the second season, in which US-based teams played in the World Bowl, the World League was shut down as it was no success in the US. The spring league returned as the NFL Europe with six teams in Europe in 1995. Five teams were based in Germany by the time Tagliabue retired. The NFL Europe was shut down by Tagliabue’s successor Roger Goodell after the 2007 season. However, in October 2007, the NFL International Series began with regular season games in London.

Team Movements

Los Angeles lost both its franchises, with the Raiders returning to Oakland and the Los Angeles Rams relocated to St. Louis. The Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996, as the Baltimore Ravens. The Houston Oilers relocated to Tennessee in 1997, for one year in Memphis and another year using Vanderbilt Stadium as their home field. Upon moving to their permanent stadium in Nashville, the team changed its name from the Oilers to the Titans.

September 11 Aftermath

Tagliabue announced that the games scheduled for the upcoming weekend were cancelled two days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He expressed security concerns citing the magnitude of the events.

Since the 1987 NFL strike, this was the first time the league canceled an entire week’s slate of games. It was announced that the postponed games would be added to the end of the regular season a week later, an action that pushing the Super Bowl into February for the first time.

Paul Tagliabue Net Worth

Paul Tagliabue is an American former Commissioner of the National Football League who also served as a lawyer to the NFL prior to his election to become commissioner. He has enjoyed good salaries during the course of his career and is estimated to have a net worth of $20 million.

Paul Tagliabue Baltimore Museum

In 1993, Baltimore City unsuccessfully bid for an expansion team. In the aftermath, commissioner Paul Tagliabue made an ill-advised comment which did not go down well with the fans in Baltimore. He was quoted as telling reporters that Baltimore might be better off using the money earmarked for a new football stadium to build a museum.

Paul Tagliabue Award

Tagliabue won the Eagle Award from the United States Sports Academy for 1992. Tagliabue was awarded for his significant contributions to international sport with the Eagle Award being the Academy’s highest international honor.

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