Nearly all NFL fans are familiar with Roger Goodell, but his wife, Jane Skinner, isn’t as well-known as her commissioner husband. So, who exactly is she?
If you’re an NFL fan, you’re likely familiar with the face that runs it all, Roger Goodell. As the commissioner of the league, Roger is responsible for all the major internal decisions that come about within the organization, and due to such, he is quite a polarizing figure amongst followers of the sport.
However polarizing Roger’s position as the commissioner is, he benefits from having an adamantly supportive wife in Jane Skinner, who has stood by him through thick and thin. So, who exactly is Roger’s wife? Here’s what we know about their marriage.
Roger Goodell’s wife has supported him even when fans have turned their backs on him.
The couple has been notoriously private about virtually all facets of their lives since being together. Whether it be the birth of their twins or just how they get along on a day-to-day basis, consciously staying out of the spotlight has been key to their marriage.
Jane has even gone to some pretty extreme lengths to defend her husband when times have gotten tough. Back in 2017, she was actually caught operating a fake Twitter account, per The Wall Street Journal, which she used to defend her husband amidst controversy.
The commissioner’s wife used the fake Twitter to jab back at journalists who criticized her husband’s decisions, attempt to clarify news stories she believed were false, and even interact with erratic fans here and there. The account has since been shut down, but the news that she had acted in such a way sent shockwaves through the infrastructure of the NFL.
“I’m always bothered when the coverage doesn’t provide a complete and accurate picture of a story,” she said to the Journal in response to her fake Twitter account being found out, adding, “I have always passionately defended the hard-working guy I love, and I always will. I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!”
Jane actually used to work at Fox News as an anchor.
Jane is a former reporter who spent 12 years behind the desk at Fox News. Aside from being a regular anchor on the network, she also used to host the show Happening Now alongside Jon Scott, as well as Sunday Best.
When she became a mother to twins in 2001, Jane decided that her career as a reporter had to come to an end so she could focus on her daughters. The two teens are now college-aged, and they reportedly attend Elon College in North Carolina. Despite not being babies anymore, their parents have remained just as adamant about keeping them and the family dynamic as a whole out of the spotlight.
Who are Roger Goodell’s children?
Jane and Roger became parents to twins in 2001. This compelled the former anchor to end her career as a reporter so she could focus on her daughters. The two 22-year-olds reportedly attend Elon College in North Carolina. Despite not being babies anymore, their parents have remained just as adamant about keeping them and the family dynamic as a whole out of the spotlight.
In a 2016 interview with USA Today, Jane revealed that the girls are extremely athletic. “They play both team and individual sports: lacrosse, soccer, tennis, and track. They’ve been on both winning and losing teams,” the 53-year-old shared.
“We’ve been really fortunate that they have coaches who have emphasized the importance of having fun, of learning, of teamwork, and I think that sometimes gets lost in this day and age,” Jane noted. “It’s still so much fun for them… They’ve learned how to remain positive, be resilient.”
Roger mentioned his daughters in the past when addressing Donald Trump’s infamous comments about grabbing women by their genitals, telling the crowd at the 2016 New York Times DealBook Conference that the president’s defense of “locker-room talk” made life more difficult for him both at work and at home.
“I have twin daughters and a wife so I have to explain that to them,” he said, adding that the controversy certainly didn’t align with the NFL’s mission to reduce domestic violence incidents in the league. “Listen, I think our country has to have more respect for one another and we have to unite.”