Thursday night’s preseason game between the Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars featured some serious rust, at least from the players. The officials, however, were in midseason form. Jay Cutler may have missed on a few throws, but one referee managed to throw a 31-yard strike when calling a penalty.
A referee who was standing in the secondary spotted a penalty that was quite a distance away from him, so he wanted to make sure he got the flag as close to the spot of the foul as possible. In order to accomplish that, he dropped back like a passer and fired the flag 31 yards down the field. The broadcasting crew was amazed.
Get this man some pads. There’s about a dozen teams in the NFL who could probably use his services.