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.
No stripes to be found (1920-40)
At the league's founding, the NFL required its officials to
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,
One of the fun parts of being a dad is when a child wants to join the dad in an activity or hobby, or just wants to spend time together. I'm sure NFL officials are happy when their kids want to take up officiating. That happiness and pride, I'm sure,
The most controversial piece of cloth in all of sports wasn't always yellow
It won't get a cake or open house. It won't get cheered. In fact it's mere presence will illicit foul language and boos. Be that as it may, the gold penalty flag celebrates a big milestone this season.