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2017 Preseason

Referee Morelli with a pre-season chuckle on-mic

Five fouls on one play! Yep, it happened in the 49er-Broncos pre-season game and referee Pete Morelli got to explain it to everyone.



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Sometimes a situation on the football field leaves everyone smiling–even the officials.

Such a moment happened this weekend during the 49ers-Broncos pre-season game.

There were a whopping five fouls on one punt play. As the officials reported to referee Pete Morelli, the absurdity of the situation set in. The officials started chucking at this crazy play. 

Morelli not only had to sort everything out, he got the honor (?) of making five different signals and penalty announcements. 

Enjoy Morelli and his crew sorting it out. I’m sure the crew will talk about this play for several years!

Mark Schultz is a high school football official, freelance writer and journalist. He first became interested in officiating when he was six years old, was watching a NFL game with his father and asked the fateful question, "Dad, what are those guys in the striped shirts doing?"