Fri, Mar 24, 2006 - Page 23 News List

Condoleezza passes up NFL dream job

AFP , NASSAU

It's official: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday said that she would not be a candidate to take over as commissioner of the National Football League.

At a news conference with Caribbean foreign ministers in the Bahamas, Rice was asked how she felt about the prospects of succeeding Paul Tagliabue, who announced on Monday he was stepping down as NFL commissioner after nearly 17 years.

"Unfortunately it came open at the wrong time," said Rice, expressing only a tinge of regret about passing up her avowed dream job.

"Obviously I'm very busy as secretary of state and I will continue to be secretary of state as long as the president of the United States will have me," she said.

Rice, an ardent football fan who keeps two signed helmets in her State Department office, has often cast a covetous eye on the NFL post and says she would prefer it to a run at the presidency.

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