Goodell, Smith fly to Florida to talk with rookies

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith flew to Florida together to speak to rookies after opening four days of labor talks in Minnesota.

Spokesmen for the league and the players' association confirmed Tuesday night that the two power brokers were on the same plane from Minnesota to address the NFLPA's rookie symposium.

SI.com first reported that both Goodell and Smith were on their way to the joint appearance. Smith asked Goodell to speak at the symposium on Wednesday morning at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Sarasota, Fla., and the commissioner agreed.

Both men are planning to leave Florida later Wednesday to fly back to Minneapolis and continue the labor talks.