You think that the job of an NFL referee is a piece of cake compared to the players’ rougher and more physical plays, topped with four-letter tirades against each other. This is quite the opposite. Every game day, officials have to endure the yelling and the swearing from the spectators, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Apart from that, the officials are also required to memorize the NFL Rulebook on its entirety. You may say that it’s not too hard — until you learn that the Rulebook is about 120 pages long — and then some! Referees should leave no stone unturned — they had to remember every one of these rules, even the more obscure ones that we don’t have any idea really existed. Some of the rules have not been called in years; others have been created quite recently that present-day NFL fans must need to know.
Here are some of the obscure and weird rules that can legally happen on an NFL game: