As predictable as the cliff swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano and the wildebeest stampeding across the Serengeti, another annual migration is noted for bringing a long suffering end to the football offseason: the zebras converging on Dallas in July. In what could be described as the NFL officials' three-day
In a move most likely attributed to the closed border between the United States and Canada, the NFL–CFL officiating exchange will not happen in 2021.
Instituted in 2016, the NFL–CFL Officiating Development Program gives NFL and CFL officials more experience. Over the years, several NFL officials worked CFL games in late
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Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2021 NFL season. This season, there is one new official to replace 6 that retired; those hired in the second wave of hires during the 2020 offseason are being retained as permanent officials. There are also 2
Three more NFL officials have retired from the field, making a total of six officials that have retired in the 2021 off-season. Previously, Bart Longson, Tom Symonette and Ruben Fowler retired.
After this weekend's mini-clinic comes news that back judge Steve Freeman, back judge Tony Steratore, and line judge Gary Arthur
Pop the champagne and bust out the fireworks, as today, we ring in the new year. May 15 marks the first day of the NFL officials being “in season” following the offseason “dark period”, which begins after the Super Bowl. This period is provided to the officials as a way
The New York Giants were a few minutes away from dispatching another victim on their way to a Super Bowl Championship.
On January 4, 1987, the Giants were in the process of destroying the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 49-3. The players, coaches and officials were ready for the
Mike Defee, a former Big 12 referee and current referee trainer for the NFL, is the new coordinator of football officials for Conference USA.
Defee replaces Gerald Austin. Defee will retain his post as a trainer for referees and new NFL officials. Austin will continue to work with the conference
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The NFL has released the rules change proposals from the Competition Committee and NFL teams for the 2021 annual league meeting. League owners will vote on the rules change proposals to determine if they will be implemented in the playing rules for the upcoming NFL season. A
Mark Baltz, a former NFL head linesman (now called down judge) is the NFL Referees Association 2021 Honoree. The NFLRA made the announcement last week.
In a NFLRA news release, Baltz commented,
It is truly an honor to have been selected by my friends and peers with whom I worked on the
Fred Wyant, an all-American quarterback for the West Virginia University Mountaineers, and a NFL official from 1966 to 1992, died on March 20, at the age of 86.
In his 27-year career, Wyant worked five playoff games on the field, four at referee: four divisionals and one wild card round. He