Gene Steratore, catch rule controversy extraordinaire, retires from NFL officiating

If you didn’t know who Gene Steratore was before the Cowboys beat the Raiders in Week 15 of the 2017 season, you do now. He’s the NFL official who famously used an index card to measure a crucial first down for the Cowboys.
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That’s not the only high-profile play the longtime NFL ref was at the center of. Steratore was involved in not one, but two memorable and controversial non-catch rulings. So maybe it’s fitting that he is leaving the NFL just months after a new catch rule was implemented that will seek to remove the drama Steratore was unfortunate enough to find himself in the middle of often.

To be chosen to ref a Super Bowl, an official has to be at the top of his or her game. Unless an official is ranked in the NFL’s top tier, which is based on their accuracy and performance over the course of the season, they’re not even considered. Football Zebras, a site dedicated to NFL officiating, projected that Steratore would be selected in part because the league gives priority to officials who had never worked a championship.

During a post-practice press conference, Brady hardly seemed fazed by the optics of Belichick getting on his unit’s case. In fact, it sounded as if he read from a Belichick script when assessing the task.

We have a lot of time to work on (things) literally, Brady said. Figuratively, there’s a long way to go. It’s going to be up to us individually to prepare as best we can and then collectively when we come together we do the same.

Unlike injury-battered Gronkowski, Brady said he never Devin Funchess Womens Jersey thought about retiring after the Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Still, he was seen at the end of David Desharnais Jersey a behind-the-scenes documentary series, maintaining that he needed to find the full resolve to keep playing.