Justin K. Aller
A simple ball flip turned into one of the year's best moments.
Those brave men, those warriors, those ... referees.
It takes a steely nerve, astounding athleticism, and stellar hand/eye coordinator to be one of the NFL's most unsung heroes. Just like this:
Logan Paulsen wants to get his Redskins back to the line, trying to will them back into the game late against the Carolina Panthers. He wanted a no-hurry offense, but the ref, well, not so much. It's not just that the ball hit him to the eye, it's that he hit the ground as it shot with a twelve-gauge. The entire game froze, by amazement as much as injury, while the zebra struggled like a true warrior to bring himself to one knee -- the game must go on!
The Redskins' offense resumed after a few moments, but this GIF will live in infamy.