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When is it a foul for pulling a ball carrier forward?

There are many obscure rules and fouls in the NFL and at all levels of football, and one of those rules that seems to be popping up often is aiding or assisting the runner. It is an extremely rare call, but after a spate of plays across the NCAA and NFL in the span of three days, there was more than a fair share of discussion as to why there wasn't a flag.  https://streamable.com/c7pr9 In the NFL, Rule 12-1-4 states that it is a foul for an offensive player to pull the ball carrier in any direction. This seems to encompass actions

NFL posts a new opening for VP of officiating training and development

The NFL is now accepting applicants for a new position to lead training and development initiatives for its current officials. The position was created as a result of a provision in the collective bargaining agreement signed last month with the officiating union, which reportedly was to be a vice-president level position. The job listing, obtained by Football Zebras, is for a "head of officiating training and development," so the actual position level apparently has not been set. One of the prerequisites is that the candidate must have been an NFL official for at least 5 seasons. The general rule-of-thumb is that an

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NFL100: Officials used to use only one ball for a game

Today, it is rare to see officials spot the same football for two straight downs. Watch the next game and you'll see the wing officials tossing a new football to the referee or umpire after every play. For a regular game, the NFL prepares 48 game footballs and 6 special kicking balls, or K balls. Well, in the first half of NFL history, NFL officials rarely rotated a new football into the game, and that was only after the ball got too wet or a kick sailed into the stands. In fact, prior to 1954, they only changed a ball out

NFL100: The expansion of officiating crews followed the evolution of the game

http://gty.im/515014724 When the NFL was born, only three officials called the game. Now there are seven --nine if you include the replay official and replay assistant -- with calls to add another pair of eyes at field level. As a part of the NFL's 100th season, Football Zebras takes a look at officiating mechanics over the last century. Crews of 3 and 4: Trying to keep the play boxed in (1920-46) In the league's infancy, the teams hired three officials to work a game: the referee, umpire and head linesman. The college game was already using four officials when the NFL came on the

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