Referee Dick Hantak has been retired for 18 years, but he is still remembered for his work as a NFL official from 1978 to 2002. And, in 2019 the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame recognized that work and inducted him as a member.
Hantak worked as a teacher and as
The Cincinnatti Bengals were hosting the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14 of the 1989 season. The Bengals needed a win to stay alive in the AFC playoff hunt. The Seahawks were hoping a win and a little help would keep their slim-to-none playoff hopes alive.
It was a snowy, cold day
The New York Giants were a few minutes away from dispatching another victim on their way to a Super Bowl Championship.
On January 4, 1987, the Giants were in the process of destroying the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 49-3. The players, coaches and officials were ready for the
It is always good to get a playoff assignment, and after the 1992 season, referee Dale Hamer was assigned to the Philadelphia Eagles - New Orleans Saints wild card game in New Orleans.
Officials want to get in and get out without any recognition, but when John Madden is giving praise
Back in the day, it was quite rare for network television to do a feature story on the NFL officials.
In 1985, The NFL Today did a feature on referee Dick Jorgensen and his crew.
Jorgensen's crew in 1985 was umpire Neil Gereb, head linesman Ron Phares, line judge Dick McKenzie (father
Our bowl season is rationed this year due to covid-19, instead of the usual glut.
But, over the years, we have found footage of future NFL officials working college bowl games, prior to working in the pros.
To gear you up for a great college and pro football holiday weekend, here are
I remember several post-season classic games and the officiating that goes with such games. It is hard after a year or two for me to remember a classic regular-season game where the officiating actually enhanced the quality of the contest.
But, there is one regular-season game that I remember almost 26-years
No doubt about it. A noisy home crowd gives the home team an amazing advantage. Crowd noise is celebrated in Seattle, and many other NFL stadia. I'm sure there's many an official who has had to take a headache powder after a three-hour roar has left them with ringing ears.
On December 23, 2007, Jerome Boger's crew allowed Warren Sapp to beat the traffic to the mall and get his Christmas shopping done early.
In a bizarre sequence of events, Sapp totally lost his composure, the Oakland Raiders were flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct four times, with three of the fouls assigned
Preseason games are a time to knock the rust off, work on the upcoming season's offensive and defensive schemes, and evaluate potential new talent. For the officials, it is a time to work on new mechanics, new rule interpretations, and get ready for the regular season.
Most of these preseason games