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Goodell: Giving Lombardi Trophy to Brady would be an honor

(Reuters) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Wednesday he would not be uncomfortable handing the Lombardi Trophy to quarterback Tom Brady if the New England Patriots win the Feb. 5 Super Bowl in Houston.

Goodell, whose suspension of Brady for his role in deflating footballs used in the game that put the Patriots in the Super Bowl two years ago was upheld after a lengthy court battle, said handing the trophy to the quarterback would not be awkward.

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"Not for a second," Goodell said on Fox Sports Radio's The Herd with Colin Cowherd. "Tom Brady is one of the all-time greats; he has been for several years. He's on the precipice of at least potentially winning his fifth Super Bowl ring.

"He's an extraordinary player, a great performer and a surefire Hall of Famer. So it would be an honor."

After a seemingly never-ending court battle that included several months of appeals, Brady relented and accepted Goodell's suspension for the first four games of this season.

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ALLSTON, MA - MAY 29: Guests attend the Tom Brady Football Challenge for The Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port 2015 at Harvard Field on May 29, 2015 in Allston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Best Buddies)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: New England Patriots fans hold a sign at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally in support of their quarterback at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Ryan Desilets and Jon Harmon both from Milford, Massachusetts, show support for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Lydia Bolger of Mansfield, Massachusetts holds a sign in support of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MAY 24: A New England Patriots fan holds a 'Free Brady' sign during the eighth inning of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park on May 24, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. Many Patriots fans disagree with quarterback Tom Brady's four game suspension as a consequence of his involvement in the 'deflategate' scandal (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Local Papa John's franchises supplied free pizza at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally in support for the New England Patriots quarterback at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: A New Englad Patriots fan shows his support for quarterback Tom Brady during the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 13: A fan hold ups a New England Patriots 'Free Tom Brady' sign during the MLB game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals at Chase Field on May 13, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: A New England Patriots fan shows support for quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Bianca Bullock of Tampa, Florida holds a sign in support for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Paul Goodrow of Watertown, Massachusetts holds a sign in support of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - MAY 24: Ryan Desilets and Jon Harmon both from Milford, Massachusetts, show support for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady at the 'Free Tom Brady' rally at Gillette Stadium on May 24, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The rally was held in protest of Brady's four game suspension for his role in the 'deflategate' scandal. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Patriots went 3-1 without Brady and have lost only once since he returned as they cruised to their 13th division title in 14 years before a pair of lopsided playoff wins put them into the Super Bowl where they will play the Atlanta Falcons.

Goodell was also asked why he went to the NFC title contest last week for his second playoff game in as may weeks in Atlanta rather than watch the Patriots at home at Gillette Stadium where he has not attended a game since the Deflategate scandal.

"We had two great games. I was in Boston two years ago for the divisional and the (conference) championship games. I try to get to as many stadiums as I can," said Goodell, who would have received a hostile reception from Patriot fans.

"We have two great games and you've got to choose. And frankly, the focus should be on the players, the coaches and the great game. That's the way it was this weekend, and the way it should be."

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