Roger Goodell said there were no PSI violations in random "spot checks" this season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Roger Goodell said there were no PSI violations in random “spot checks” this season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Over the course of the 2015 season the NFL randomly tested PSI levels of footballs both before, at halftime and after select games.

It was thought this was part of research being done following the Deflategate saga from last year’s AFC title game and the Patriots.

Appearing on The Rich Eisen Show Tuesday, commissioner Roger Goodell said this wasn’t part of a research project, but rather was “spot checks” to make sure the teams comply with the rules.

“No, Rich, what the league did this year was what we do with a lot of rules and policies designed to protect the integrity of the game and that is to create a deterrent effect — that we do spot checks to prevent and make sure the clubs understand that we’re watching these issues,” Goodell said. “It wasn’t a research study. They simply were spot checks. There were no violations this year. We’re pleased that we haven’t had any violations and we continue the work obviously to consistently and importantly enforce the integrity of the game and rules designed there to protect them.”

It is still unclear if the NFL will release the exact PSI readings from the games they randomly tested footballs in.

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Ryan Hannable

Tom Brady and Roger Goodell won't have to pretend to play nice following Super Bowl 50. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)The luckiest guy in America this week? Roger Goodell.



The first look at the Super Bowl 50 program for Sunday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

The first look at the Super Bowl 50 program for Sunday. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

It is a collector’s tradition almost as rich as the game itself.

The Super Bowl 50 game program that will be sold Sunday in the stadium is out and the New England company that produces it is proud of its heritage in the game.

While Patriots fans might understandably take a pass on anything to do with Super Bowl 50, the program features a sharp high-gloss, gold-themed cover, with memorabilia from the previous 49 Super Bowls and a picture of the Vince Lombardi Trophy as the centerpiece as usual.

Since 2004, when H.O. Zimman, Inc. produced the Super Bowl XXXVIII program for the Patriots and Panthers in Houston, the Lynn, Mass. company has been the publisher of one of the most popular game program souvenirs in sports.

Zimman currently produces the Official Souvenir Magazines for the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl,
US Open Tennis Championships, and more than 350 other annual tennis events. They are also the official publisher for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum program, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Yearbook and the Masters Journal for Augusta National.

The Boston-area company that has been in business for over 70 years also positions itself outside of mainstream sports.

With more than 500 publications annually, Zimman have an array of publication projects, including the Democratic National Convention Program, the Presidential Inauguration Program, the Boston Flower Show, the Boston and Jacksonville Auto Shows and commemorative keepsakes for prestigious organizations such as the Kernwood Country Club and the Longwood Cricket Club.

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Mike Petraglia
C.J. Anderson further explained his postgame embrace with Tom Brady. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

C.J. Anderson further explained his postgame embrace with Tom Brady. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos running back C.J. Anderson got a lot of love from Patriots fans following his post on Instagram in the days after the AFC championship game.

Anderson shared an embrace with Tom Brady following the game where Brady praised Anderson for proving people wrong after being undrafted. (Click here to see the full post.)

Monday night, at the NFL’s Opening Night, CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran talked to Anderson more about the moment.

“Tom is a guy that I grew up watching, like Peyton [Manning] and DeMarcus [Ware],”€ Anderson said to Curran. “When I first met Peyton and DeMarcus it hit my heart from the words they said to me. When Tom found me after the game and said the words he said to me, that just is something I’€™ll never forget.

“€œIt’€™s super humbling. You talk about a guy who’€™s won four Super Bowl and won two MVPs and he’€™s been in 10 AFC Championship games and he still plays with that chip on his shoulder. He just let me know, ‘€˜Don’€™t ever let that chip die. Never let what happened to you in the past (fade), never forget that feeling of not being chosen, of not being the one. It’€™s just as tough for us as it is for Peyton Manning, who was a first overall pick trying to live up to everybody’€™s expectations.'”

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Ryan Hannable

NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his final weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria on Tuesday to discuss Super Bowl 50 and if Tom Brady should atte

NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his final weekly appearance on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria on Tuesday to discuss Super Bowl 50 and if Tom Brady should attend, as well as the Patriots offseason. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.

Over the last few days there has been much debate as to whether or not Brady should attend the Super Bowl, as the NFL is honoring all of the living MVPs of the big game. With Brady’s current situation with the Deflategate matter still ongoing, some feel he shouldn’t go to the game.

Harrison said Brady should go to the game as it is about more than just the NFL — it is about Brady’s family, friends and even Patriots nation.

“Well, I’ll just put it like this. I mean, to be honored as a Super Bowl MVP, it transcends I think a little deeper than just the NFL,” Harrison said. “It’s something that he worked so hard for and he deserves to be recognized for that. The guy was a sixth round draft choice and the type of work that guys played with him saw him put in on a daily basis — everything that he had to go through to get to the point that he is at. I think he’ll be doing himself a justice, his family, representing. It doesn’t have to be just about the NFL. Represent Patriot nation. Represent all the people who supported you, your family. You deserve that. They deserve to see you on that field because a lot of people spent a lot of money, a lot of time and effort rooting and praying for Tom Brady so he can have the level of success.

“I think it would be appropriate if he showed up regardless of what the NFL is doing because you’re not doing it for the NFL, you’re doing it for your family, friends and your fans. The people that really love you and care about you.”

As it relates to the Patriots’ offseason, Harrison believes the team needs to address the running back position, as well as wide receiver and even said they should look into adding a hard-hitting safety.

“I know Belichick doesn’t believe in balance, but I still believe they need a young bruiser, like a young version of a Steven Jackson,” Harrison said. “A guy that can come in there about 220 pounds that can bang through the hole and get them some really tough yards. I also think they need a wide receiver that can stretch the field. I think that would help greatly. I love [this] short, intermediate, quick passing game, but it’s not like having that home run hitter. Somebody that can stretch the life of that defense and scare those safeties. You see these guys with Denver, they weren’t afraid of the Patriots going deep. I mean Rob [Gronkowski] made some big plays down the field and he is just incredible, but I do believe — obviously they need to get healthier on the offensive line, but that wide receiver and that running back.

“I wouldn’t mind, you know, I love Patrick Chung and I thought he had a great year. I want somebody back there that is just a head-hunter. Somebody, when you saw Denver’s safeties hit, you cringed at home. Like, ‘Oh my God I hope [Danny] Amendola, I hope [Julian] Edelman get up from those hits.’ Those are the types of hits that wide receivers see on tape and they are fearful about coming across the middle and I feel like they need someone like that.”

The former NFL safety was also asked about media day and it was clear Harrison isn’t a fan. He didn’t watch the event Monday night.

“Are you kidding me? I’m not wasting my time watching guys say all this crazy stuff,” Harrison said. “The funny part about that is just the stupid questions that some of these media people ask. One of the questions I was asked was, do you have sex before the Super Bowl? You have to sometimes look at these guys and say, ‘Are you serious? How could you ask me a question like that? That is none of your damn business.’ It’s crazy man. It’s fun to see the guys open up and see a different side of them, but at the same time you get tired of hearing the cliches.”

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Ryan Hannable

Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady won’t be playing in the Super Bowl due to injury, but that didn’t stop him from talking Monday night at Super Bowl medi

Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady won’t be playing in the Super Bowl due to injury, but that didn’t stop him from talking Monday night at Super Bowl media day.

“I’m happy for my teammates. I’m happy to be here this week and happy New England is not here, to be honest with you,” Clady said via Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez.

The Broncos beat the Patriots twice this past season, including in the AFC championship. They have now beat the Patriots in two of the last three AFC title games.

“[The rivalry] is definitely real,” Clady said. “Just my generation, I’ve never won in Foxboro. Just that tension and rivalry when you get your butt whipped there a few times, you’re not going to like the team. It’s kind of how it is.”

Despite his dislike for the Patriots, Clady does respect them for how much success they have had over the years.

“They’ve been very successful with it so you can’t exactly knock them,” he said. “But they’re not here.”

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Ryan Hannable

Much was made of Peyton Manning‘s embrace with Bill Belichick following the AFC title game where Manning said, “

Besides Bill Belichick, Peyton Manning also told Tom Brady this could be his last year. (Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports)

Besides Bill Belichick, Peyton Manning also told Tom Brady this could be his last year. (Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports)

Much was made of Peyton Manning‘s embrace with Bill Belichick following the AFC title game where Manning said, “This might be my last rodeo.”

As expected, Manning was asked more about these comments Monday night at Super Bowl media day.

Manning explained what happened and in his explanation said he told Tom Brady the same thing before Belichick.

“That was not pre-planned. It was a spontaneous reaction,” Manning said via CSNNE.com’s Tom E. Curran. “Sometimes you want to tell somebody something man-to-man, it’€™s better than telling them via text or even a handwritten letter, or seeing them at a banquet and saying, ‘€˜Boy, it sure was great playing against you. I told [Tom] Brady the same thing previous to telling Belichick. I understand there’€™s people (nearby) but what I said was true. This could be it. I’€™m aware this could be it and I wanted to tell both of them I really have enjoyed these games. It’€™s been part of my football life and both of those guys have been part of good for me and not so good for me and so I took the time to tell them.”

Manning then joked about how long Brady intends to play the game.

“€œHey, Brady’€™s gonna play till he’€™s 70, Belichick’€™s gonna coach till he’€™s 90,”€ said Manning. “Maybe I hit the fountain of youth in the next month and I play another 10 years. Maybe we play in 10 more championships against each other. But just in case we don’€™t, I took the time to look them in the eye, man-to-man, shook their hands and I’€™m glad that I did it because it was important to me that they knew that. There in the moment, face-to-face, man-to-man, that’€™s all that that meant.”

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Ryan Hannable