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‘Movember’ now an officiating tradition

Once again, NFL officials have the chance to put their razors away in November.



When something happens for three straight years, it is a tradition. Again this November, the NFL is allowing officials to put the razor away and participate in No Shave November, or “Movember.”

No Shave November is a way to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and prevention.

Why is this a big(er) deal? Over the years the NFL allowed officials to sport mustaches, but borderline forbade its officials to wear beards. The NFL thought beards made their officials appear sloppy or suspicious. But now for one month, NFL officials can give their razors a break for a worthy cause.

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?"