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We pause today to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of NFL referee Tommy Bell. He was born July 2, 1922, and died February 20, 1986, after a long illness.
Bell worked in the NFL in 1961 and retired after the 1976 AFC Championship Game. In an
Football Zebras research can debunk a popular myth. After referee Ben Dreith's controversial roughing the passer in the 1976 playoffs -- a penalty against Patriots defensive tackle Ray "Sugar Bear" Hamilton that kept the Oakland Raiders' game-winning drive alive -- the myth is Dreith never worked another Patriots game the
Michigan and The Ohio State University face yet again this Saturday with playoff and conference championship implications.
Let's throw it back to 1969, when future NFL official, Jerry Markbreit, officiated the annual rivalry between the two power houses. Ohio State was unbeaten and ranked number one in the nation. Michigan had
In 1980, the Philadelphia Eagles played the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Veterans Stadium.
With the game in doubt, the Eagles ran a fake punt where punter Max Runager threw a pass to John Sciarra for a first down. On the play, the Vikings were guilty of
It is always good to get a playoff assignment, and after the 1992 season, referee Dale Hamer was assigned to the Philadelphia Eagles - New Orleans Saints wild card game in New Orleans.
Officials want to get in and get out without any recognition, but when John Madden is giving praise
Our bowl season is rationed this year due to covid-19, instead of the usual glut.
But, over the years, we have found footage of future NFL officials working college bowl games, prior to working in the pros.
To gear you up for a great college and pro football holiday weekend, here are
Some of the most popular NFL Films videos are when coaches, players or officials are mic'd up for game action. Dan Volsky from YouTube put together a great clip.
How many NFL officials can you name? Tell us the names in the comments below!
People who saw a NFL game 90-years ago would almost not recognize the game played today. Back in the 1930s, the pro game had some rules that are mind-boggling.
In the early years of the NFL, if a player fell or was knocked down, he could still crawl or get up
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
#NFL100: A Football Zebras feature series
NFL officials didn't always wear black and white striped shirts. To commemorate the 100th NFL season, Football Zebras takes a look back at how the third team dressed for a game.Â
No stripes to be found (1920-40)
At the league's founding, the NFL required its officials to