In the first quarter of the Monday night game between the Steelers and Giants, field judge Aaron Santi and line judge Tom Eaton come together to quickly and decisively rule a catch at the sideline.
Congratulations, Aaron and Tom. You have the first ever Football Zebras Call of the Week.
Sometimes to know where you are, you have to know how you got there.
In a tumultuous year, it was a request for a moment of reflection and a simple gesture of peace before the kickoff of the NFL games. The commissioner obliged, and never a thought was made about political
Fumbles present great challenges in replay because a swarm of bodies attempting to make a recovery immediately block out the best camera angles. Possession must also be clearly established, so it is important not to incorrectly award a player for momentary control of the loose ball. This has lead to
It could be said that a certain editorial change to the rulebook is splitting hairs, but it actually only clarifies existing rules.
An editorial change was made to the 2020 NFL rulebook with the new text in bold at Rule 3-2-6:
Touching the Ball refers to any contact with the ball. There
Substitutions also affected by position of numerals
Sometimes rules changes show up in a place that is least expected. In addition to the standard rules changes voted by owners each year, a few editorial changes are made to the rulebook, some of which are for clarity, while others are actual low-level
It was a silly part of a feud between cornerback Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree, where Talib twice snatched a chain from Crabtree's neck. The NFL slipped in a rule that would have prevented this from happening again, although they were at least kind enough to wait for the year
In a disappointing move, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will not have a game official on the final ballot.
Art McNally, 95, a former referee and the head of officiating in the NFL from 1968 to 1990, was one of 10 individuals under consideration for the Hall last year. This
Football Zebras has learned that two of the officials who left the league after the 2019 season are returning to the roster in 2020.
Field judges Joe Larrew and Steve Zimmer were listed as 2 of the 9 officials that left the field following the 2019 season. As is typical at
The NFL and the NFL Referees Association reached an agreement on Sunday on the terms for officials to sit out the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The agreement gave officials 4 days to consider their options before the Aug. 13 opt-out deadline. Those that opted out would receive
The NFL addressed a few preliminary coronavirus protocols regarding certain key sideline personnel that are managed by the officiating department under the umbrella term "gameday assistants." This includes clock operators and replay communicators and technicians. All GDAs are local employees and do not travel to other sites during the regular