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Happy birthday Jerry Markbreit

View image | gettyimages.com Most famous referee of the 1980s and 1990s turns 80 years old Before there was Ed Hochuli, there was Jerry Markbreit.  The former NFL referee from 1976 to 1998 turned 80 years old today. Markbreit got his start officiating while a college student at the University of Illinois.  He officiated intramural…

NFL may have to change the way it appoints referees

White hat

Vital proving grounds for white hat candidates no longer exist Commentary by Mark Schultz The NFL could be having a white hat problem in the next few years.  Several referees have put in 20 or more years of service, meaning that their retirement window is starting to open.  There are at least four referees now…

35 years ago: Holy Roller play revises rules

September 10, 1978: Raiders at Chargers

Ken Stabler deliberately (his own admission) fumbled the ball forward, and carnival-like antics by the Raiders propelled the ball towards a game-winning touchdown at the end of the game.

The next offseason, such an advance was made illegal. Now, a player who fumbles the ball inside of two minutes is the only member of his team allowed to advance the ball after recovering the fumble.

The venerable Jerry Markbreit was the referee.

Play begins at 1:57:30 if it does not cue automatically. [NBC Sports/NFL]

5-time Super Bowl line judge Beeks dies

Bob Beeks 1927–2012 Bob Beeks died on December 26, 2012, as reported by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  He died on his 85th birthday.  According to his family, he suffered an apparent heart attack.  Beeks was a NFL line judge from 1968 to 1989.  He wore uniform number 59 for most of his career.  When he…