Referee Shawn Hochuli had to sort out and announce four fouls this past weekend, drawing praise and admiration.
First of all, when there are multiple fouls, the crew gets together and makes sure they are clear with the proper enforcement before giving options to the teams. This can get quite difficult
NFL officials wear several pieces of equipment out on the field, draped around their neck, wrapped around their wrists and fingers and hooked on their belt. In the last 10 years, NFL officials are hooked up to several wireless devices to help them do their jobs.
Every NFL official takes the
The Football Zebras staff -- with the assistance of our affiliated forum, Behind the Football Stripes -- has examined the Super Bowls of years past for the work of the officials who, in a given year, achieve the honor of the best of the best. While every team competes for
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It can be fun and games for the officials, too ... at the right time
When you officiate, you have to find humor in the game. You have to, or you'd go insane with all of arguing, berating, second-guessing and dangerous situations on the field. Officials can't (and
In 1975, the NFL decided to put a wireless microphone on the referee for penalty announcements. Officiating boss Art McNally, wanted the officials to use this new technology very sparingly. In those intervening 38 years, the microphone has evolved into a critical communication and teaching tool, as shown by Gene
It elicits snickers from football fans when it happens, and it sometimes trends on Twitter. Referee Ed Hochuli turns on his microphone to explain a ruling, and some fans joke that it is NFL open mic night. An example from 2009:
We reviewed whether the ball was fumbled down near the
In 1975 the NFL decided to put a wireless microphone on the referee, so the fans at the game and on TV could better understand what was going on down on the field. What started as an experiment with bare-bones penalty announcements has turned into a vital communication and education