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Happy birthday Jerry Markbreit

View image | 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…

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]