Could You Be An NFL Referee?
When a receiver catches the ball along the sideline in the NFL, how many feet does he need to keep inbounds?
- None - he just needs to catch the ball
Tied with five seconds left in the game, an NFL team gets a first down after a short run up the middle. What do you do with the game clock?
- Stop the clock and move the chains
- Stop the clock then start it again when the ball is placed down
- Stop the clock to allow the team to get one more play off
In overtime, the NFL team that won the toss and elected to receive has managed to kick a field goal to take a three-point lead. What happens next?
- The scoring team has to kick off to the opponent who has one chance to score a field goal, to keep playing, or score a touchdown to win
- The scoring team has to kick off to the opponent who has one chance to drive and score a touchdown
- The opponent gets the ball at the 25 yard line and one chance to score
The hash marks are how far from each sideline?
- 50 feet, 8 inches
- 60 feet
- 70 feet, 9 inches
- 80 feet
The home team calls a timeout. Then the visiting team calls a timeout. In pro football, how long is the second timeout?
- 30 seconds
- 40 seconds
- 50 seconds
- One minute
In college football, when a runner with the ball touches any part of his body on the ground besides his hands or feet, he is ruled down. In the NFL…
- The runner is down when the flag is pulled from his uniform
- A runner can keep going even after any body part touches the ground unless he’s touched by an opposing team member
- It’s the same as college football
- A player can keep going if only one knee touches the ground
A long pass to the opposing 15 yard line is broken up by a great play by the defensive back. But wait! He’s called for pass interference. In the NFL, where do you spot the ball?
- At the spot of the foul
- 15 yards from the line of scrimmage
- Half the distance to the goal
- Half the distance between the spot of the foul and the line of scrimmage
An NFL team has just scored a touchdown. Now they want to go for two. Careful now, where do you put the ball for the extra point try?
- One-yard line
- Two-yard line
- Three-yard line
- Four-yard line
The extra point kick by an NFL team is blocked and there’s a mad scramble for the ball. You’re the official, what should you do?
- Keep playing! The defense can pick up the ball and run the other way for a two-point score
- Don’t do anything until a team makes a recovery
- Blow the whistle - the play is dead and the extra point is ruled no good
- Let the action continue because the offense can score a touchdown if they can get the ball
With a minute left in the NFL game-of-the-week, a runner might have stepped out of bounds before he went into the end zone. You call a touchdown anyway. Then what do you do?
- Pray I got the call correct in front of millions of viewers
- I talk to the replay official in the booth above the stadium
- I go to the replay booth and get some help with officials standing by in the command center in New York
- I watch for the opposing coach to throw a challenge flag before I stop to review the play