In answering the questions of many of the reporters, Goodell was extremely delicate with his answers -- not much from his Q&A revealed any unique insight into the standstill between the owners and players' association.
But when Ochocinco is involved, you just never know what kind of excitement might pop up.
Before the NFL State of the Union, Ochocinco promised to "be the voice of questioning for the players" on his Twitter page and No. 85 made good on his word midway through the press conference.
"You represent 32 owners, and I represent over 1,800 players right now. We want to know one thing -- seriously," Ochocinco began.
"I don't want the politically correct answer, as far as 'It'll be done in a week.' Do you know how far we are from getting a deal realistically done? What is the real timetable for us getting it done? Because I see a lot of things being prepared on your end -- you guys are somewhat preparing for a lockout."
Despite Ochocinco's unique player-turned-journalist angle -- and someone who will be directly affected by a work stoppage -- Goodell did not respond to him any differently.
"Well, Chad, as I said before, I think both sides are going to be prepared for every outcome," Goodell said. But I can tell you that the commitment on behalf of the ownership is to get an agreement. And we will get an agreement. And I think that's only going to happen when there's intensive negotiations between your union and the owners."
The lead reporter for OCNN was displeased with the commissioner's response and let his dissatisfaction be known via the power of social media, on Twitter afterward.
"I asked @nflcommish a great question on behalf of all the players in hope for a realistic answer (not politically correct) #noanswerstill"
Check out the complete Ochocinco-Goodell Q&A below: