In the fall of 1983, Dennis Green invited me into his office as Northwestern head football coach. His first season had been an 0-11 dud. His second was a 3-8 jump. You would have thought entering that third one in ’83 that Dennis Green was 22-0.
A first-team All-Pro back in 2014, Bell is an integral part of the Pittsburgh offense. He’s one of the top running backs in the league when he’s playing and on his game, and any missed time is huge for Pittsburgh. Bell is 24 years old and in 35 career games has 2,777 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground, with a per-carry average of 4.3 yards. He also has 1,389 yards and three touchdowns through the air.
DeAngelo Williams served as Authentic Shaun Alexander Jersey Bell’s backup last season and looked good doing it. The first-year Steeler and 10-year NFL veteran managed 907 yards and 11 touchdowns in 16 games with the Steelers last season. With Bell set to miss more time, Williams will once again be a featured back in Pittsburgh’s offense.
Roger Goodell often comes across as a talking-point spewing robot, pushed in front of the cameras to lay down a defense of the league and whatever scandal Authentic Steve Largent Jersey is brewing at that moment. So I guess it’s no surprise that he went to Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab to learn about empathy using the same virtual reality devices we typically associate with quarterback training.
Lauren Goode from The Verge and Mark Bergen from Recode, our Vox Media sister sites, visited Stanford’s VHIL labs for the latest episode of Recode’s Too Embarrassed To Ask podcast where they spoke with Stanford professor Jeremy Bailenson, the director of the VHIL, about how VR is being used for empathy training as well as lots of other applications.
“He came here to learn about empathy,” Bailenson said. “He really wanted to understand how to think about issues of race, issues of gender. A lot of our lab’s research is about having people think about becoming someone else, and that’s why Goodell came.”
In the spring, USA Today wrote about the NFL’s plans to tap into virtual reality to soften its edges a bit. But now we get to learn more about Goodell’s trip there, including the revelation that he would not jump into a virtual pit during the plank exercise.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver visited the labs too, to learn more about the fan experience at NBA games.
The discussion about Goodell’s visit starts at the 25-minute mark, but Bailenson talks more about VR and empathy training and other sports related applications throughout the podcast. It’s worth your time.