Officials used to use a gunshot to signal the end to a quarter or half

It seems strange today, but NFL officials used to fire a starter's pistol to end each quarter. It's a mechanic that dated back to the start of pro football up until the NFL discontinued the practice starting in 1994. When the NFL was in its infancy and up through the 1960s,

Penalties for illegal use of the helmet have a predictable 2019 debut

In 2018, greater scrutiny than ever before was placed on hits that fell under the new changes for use of the helmet to initiate contact. Players, coaches, and officials were instructed over a period of weeks on what was considered legal and illegal hits involving the use of the players

Former NFL players Jones and Killens talk about being rookie zebras

The NFL officiating season has begun, the NFL Network interviewed former pro players and rookie officials Nate Jones and Terry Killens. They and Al Riveron, senior vice president of officiating, joined the program Good Morning Football. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs8gJXxnMcg Jones and Killens are two of six new hires for 2019, and they join current

Happy New Year, NFL referee style

Embed from Getty Images   There is no crystal ball drop. The year doesn't switch. There are  no confetti guns. But for NFL officials, May 15 is a New Years celebration.   This year's off-season was a little different, as this was the first one that featured full-time officials. Those full timers participated in

Former side judge Dean Look honored by the NFL officials union

  The NFL Referees Association, the union for the NFL's officials, has recognized former side judge Dean Look as its 2018 Honoree. The Honoree Award recognizes an official for an outstanding career and service to the union. The NFLRA is honoring Look this weekend at its annual meeting and banquet.  Before officiating, Look played

What’s coming up this offseason?

The countdown clocks have been reset from zero and are now running. Atlanta is already in preparation mode to host Super Bowl LIII. The offseason has begun, and there are several items on the agenda for the officiating department, both in terms of rules and personnel. Additionally, there are 21 experimental

Quick calls: Week 17

Keep checking here for rolling coverage throughout the day on Sunday. If you see anything confusing, unusual, or controversial, please let us know. Leave a comment below Send us a tweet @footballzebras Connect with us through Facebook Ben Austro Sun Dec 31 • 8:31 pm EDT   Gregory Hines would be proud Bills at Dolphins (video). An elaborate toe-tap

Quick calls: Week 2

Keep checking here for rolling coverage throughout the day on Sunday. If you see anything confusing, unusual, or controversial, please let us know. Leave a comment below Send us a tweet @footballzebras Connect with us through Facebook       Ben Austro Mon Sep 18 • 1:01 am EDT   Packers at Falcons After a Falcons touchdown, Packers coach Mike