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History of the NFL Official

This episode we fire up the DeLorean and head back to learn about the evolution of the NFL Official.  Last week we discussed the evolution of the rules, but the rules do not matter if the official is not there to enforce them.  Back in the early days of the NFL, the official was not nearly on the same level as today regarding professionalism or effectiveness.  In this episode, we explore various ways the NFL official has transformed into what you see today.  The topics range from how the number of officials on the field has changed, to major contributors like Hugh “Shorty” Ray and Art McNally, to the various ways technology is used, and bring it home with the first female to officiate an NFL game.  So strap on your seat belt, and let’s get ready to take this baby up to 88mph.




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About the author, Arnie Chapman

My name is Arnie Chapman, and I am the host of The Football History Dude, a podcast dedicated to teaching fans about the rich history of the NFL. The show officially launched on 4/15/18, and I have not looked back. I have always been passionate about football, and learning about the history of the game has intrigued me, as well. I'm asking you to come along with me on my DeLorean to travel back in time and learn about the yesteryear of the gridiron. To get started, you can go to my website for more details.

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