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Paul Tagliabue (born November 24, 1940) is an American sports executive. He has been the Commissioner of the National Football League since 1989. He had previously served as a lawyer for the NFL.

Tagliabue played basketball at Georgetown University before the school became a major basketball power. He held the school's career rebounding record for over 20 years; his record was broken by Patrick Ewing.

After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Tagliabue took the unprecedented action of calling off all football games the weekend following the attacks, doing so because the players felt that no one could have a stadium of people having fun after having seen so much death and destruction on television. There were also concerns about the security needed to have so many events so soon after the attacks. This was the first time the NFL had postponed all its games. Because of the attacks, all Super Bowl games starting in 2002 have been designated National Special Security Events (NSSE).

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Preceded by:
Pete Rozelle
Commissioner of the National Football League
1989-
Succeeded by:
Incumbent

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