NFL officiating was center stage last week as two of its top referees, Terry McAulay and Gene Steratore, abruptly announced their retirement from the field in order to become rules analysts on network TV. At the end of the 2017 season, Jeff Triplette and Ed Hochuli retired.
This is the first
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Rex Stuart, 1941 - 2018
John Rex Stuart, a retired NFL umpire and replay official, died on March 6, at the age of 76. The Lincolnton, N.C. native officiated in the NFL from 1984 to 1997 and wore number 103 his entire career.
Stuart played college football at Appalachian
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MLB umpire John Tumpane made the call of the year June 28.
But, he didn't make it on the field. In fact, he didn't even make the call at a ballpark.
On that day, Tumpane was in Pittsburgh, near PNC Park and walking to his hotel after lunch. He
Detroit Lions fans were aghast and pundits hooted at Jeff Triplette's crew during Week 14 as umpire Shawn Smith called an illegal hands to the face foul. The foul was there, but Smith called it on the wrong team. The Bears were guilty of the infraction, but Smith called it
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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Rules allow defense to bring in late subs
There was an interesting play in Week 9 that highlighted quick snap rules. In the Broncos-Patriots game, Tom Brady and company rushed the field on a fourth-and-one situation as the punt team sprinted off (video). The goal was to catch the
First rookie-season R since 1966
On the heels of the surprise announcement that Mike Carey is retiring from the NFL, Football Zebras can confirm that rookie official Brad Allen will call his first NFL season at the referee position. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time a
We know the NFL officiating roster for 2014. The names have been announced, but one position assignment caught my attention. Brad Allen, a collegiate referee and who worked the 2013 NFL preseason as a back judge in the advanced training program, will work his rookie season as an umpire. Could this be
[Editor's note: In 2014, the participating NCAA conferences standardized the name from alternate official to center judge. This post refers to the terminology at the time it was written.]
The NFL is looking to take a page from the playbook of one of its referees.
Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino is
How NFL officials stay out of the way to preserve life and limb
We've all seen it. For the fans it is a funny sight but for anyone who has been knocked down by a football player always cringes when a football official gets knocked down. The officials do not wear