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We pause today to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of NFL referee Tommy Bell. He was born July 2, 1922, and died February 20, 1986, after a long illness.
Bell worked in the NFL in 1961 and retired after the 1976 AFC Championship Game. In an
Back in 1966, NFL Films was still young. There was a new technology that allowed audio engineers to pick up sounds from the football field, with the subject wearing a wireless microphone.
NFL Films had mic'd up players, and they wanted to try putting a microphone on a referee. Norm Schachter
Football Zebras research can debunk a popular myth. After referee Ben Dreith's controversial roughing the passer in the 1976 playoffs -- a penalty against Patriots defensive tackle Ray "Sugar Bear" Hamilton that kept the Oakland Raiders' game-winning drive alive -- the myth is Dreith never worked another Patriots game the
Michigan and The Ohio State University face yet again this Saturday with playoff and conference championship implications.
Let's throw it back to 1969, when future NFL official, Jerry Markbreit, officiated the annual rivalry between the two power houses. Ohio State was unbeaten and ranked number one in the nation. Michigan had
Referee Tony Corrente celebrates his 70th birthday on November 12. In his 27th season, he is in small company of officials who were on the field into their 70s. Down judge Mike Spanier, who retired after the 2019 season, was 70 in his final season. And there aren't likely many
This past week and in the coming few weeks, NFL teams will hold inter-squad scrimmages or scrimmage with another NFL team. It is not a formal game. It's a chance for players to get a semi-real feel of a game. The NFL assigns officials to these scrimmages to work the
In 1980, the Philadelphia Eagles played the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Veterans Stadium.
With the game in doubt, the Eagles ran a fake punt where punter Max Runager threw a pass to John Sciarra for a first down. On the play, the Vikings were guilty of
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