QUIZ: Could You Make It As An NFL Referee?

Do you think you know enough about football to be a referee? Do you think you have what it takes to wear the black and white? Everyone likes to think that they could call the penalties on the field better than a professional referee in the NFL. Well, here is your chance to put your money where your mouth is. Take the quiz and see if you know the signals these refs have to call all game, every game. You might just find out that refereeing is a much tougher job than you ever thought!

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When the receiver or defender gets a little too rough.

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Retry Correct Incorrect They call it, pass interference. Leave the other person alone and just catch/defend.

When the receiver or defender gets a little too rough.

  • Pass interference
  • Running too fast
  • Pushing the issue
  • Offsides
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Offenses hate when this is called after a lot of yards were gained.

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Retry Correct Incorrect Don’t hold if you know what’s good for you.

Offenses hate when this is called after a lot of yards were gained.

  • Grabbing the wrist
  • Punching
  • Holding
  • Playing rough
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Some might consider this an unfair advantage.

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is too many players on the field.

Some might consider this an unfair advantage.

  • Player injury
  • Hit to the head
  • No more timeouts
  • Too many players on the field
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Coaches don’t like when this happens.

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Retry Correct Incorrect When the QB throws the ball with no one around, it’s called intentional grounding.

Coaches don’t like when this happens.

  • Hit after the whistle
  • Intentional grounding
  • Hit to the side
  • Catch after the whistle
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This is one of the more intricate calls in the game.

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Retry Correct Incorrect Pass juggled inbounds and caught out of bounds is what this means.

This is one of the more intricate calls in the game.

  • Illegal use of challenge flag
  • Offsides
  • taunting opponent
  • Juggled ball inbounds but caught out of bounds
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Defensive players love when this gets called!

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Retry Correct Incorrect Hands up high closed together like they’re praying means it’s a safety.

Defensive players love when this gets called!

  • Illegal formation
  • Loss of down
  • Safety
  • Offsides
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Things have to get decided somehow.

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is the jump ball signal from the NBA, not the NFL.

Things have to get decided somehow.

  • New coin toss
  • Review the play
  • Redo play
  • None of the above
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Players need to learn to be disciplined.

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Retry Correct Incorrect When a player isn’t set before the snap or more than one is in motion, this gets called.

Players need to learn to be disciplined.

  • Roughing the passer
  • Offsides
  • Roughing the kicker
  • Illegal shift
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It’s about that time.

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Retry Correct Incorrect It’s about that time for a timeout.

It’s about that time.

  • Run the clock
  • Illegal play
  • Timeout
  • Play called off
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When someone gets a little too personal.

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Retry Correct Incorrect This one is illegal contact.

When someone gets a little too personal.

  • Delay of game
  • Holding
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct
  • Illegal contact
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This might be a giveaway…

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Retry Correct Incorrect Bad passing leads to an incomplete pass.

This might be a giveaway…

  • Delay of game
  • Loss of down
  • Reset play
  • Incomplete pass
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You’ll probably never get this one.

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Retry Correct Incorrect Don’t go touching the scrimmage kick!

You’ll probably never get this one.

  • Review of touchdown
  • Encroachment
  • Helping the runner
  • Touching a scrimmage kick
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Looks like pass interference but it’s for something else as well.

31%
Retry Correct Incorrect If someone calls a fair catch, don’t interfere.

Looks like pass interference but it’s for something else as well.

  • interference with fair catch
  • Over and back
  • Personal foul
  • Hit after the whistle
31%

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When you see this, you know something went wrong.

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Retry Correct Incorrect You can’t help the runner

When you see this, you know something went wrong.

  • Excessive complaining to ref
  • Helping the runner
  • Illegal hit to quarterback
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct
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A player crossed the line.

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is a personal foul call.

A player crossed the line.

  • Touchdown
  • Roughing the passer
  • Personal foul
  • Ineligible receiver
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Something that you should never see.

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is the charging signal from the NBA. None of the above.

Something that you should never see.

  • Ejection
  • Facemask
  • Dead ball
  • None of the above
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Sometimes things don’t go as planned when you’re a player.

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Retry Correct Incorrect Players must call the fair catch in time.

Sometimes things don’t go as planned when you’re a player.

  • Facemask
  • Touchdown called back
  • First down
  • Invalid fair catch
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Players hate having this happen.

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Retry Correct Incorrect Facemask. Players hate it.

Players hate having this happen.

  • Redo first down
  • Punching
  • Facemask
  • Illegal hit to head
44%

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Hand behind the back means?

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is illegal passing.

Hand behind the back means?

  • Defensive holding
  • Challenge on the field
  • Illegal passing
  • Timeout on dead ball
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Looks like the traveling call in basketball.

49%
Retry Correct Incorrect Rolling the arms motion means false start.

Looks like the traveling call in basketball.

  • Illegal substitution
  • False start
  • Delay of game
  • No more challenges
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Chris Webber is infamous for this.

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Retry Correct Incorrect This signal means no timeout.

Chris Webber is infamous for this.

  • Dead ball
  • Illegal spike
  • Keep the clock running
  • No more timeouts
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This call gets dished out a lot.

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Retry Correct Incorrect Players always want to taunt. Unsportsmanlike conduct.

This call gets dished out a lot.

  • End of half
  • Play doesn’t count
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct
  • 2-minute warning
54%

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A serious head pat.

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is the ineligible receiver signal.

A serious head pat.

  • Ineligible receiver
  • Timeout
  • Illegal catch
  • Helmet to helmet
56%

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He called it.

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is a touchdown
November 6, 2016 – Cleveland, OH, USA – Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) signals touchdown after running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) scores in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 in FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio (Photo by Rodger Mallison/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
November 6, 2016 – Cleveland, OH, USA – Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) signals touchdown after running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) scores in the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 in FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio (Photo by Rodger Mallison/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)

He called it.

  • Review the play
  • Touchdown
  • First down
  • Redo of play
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You have to be safe on the field.

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Retry Correct Incorrect Quarterbacks are almost untouchable. You can’t rough the passer.

You have to be safe on the field.

  • Ineligible interception
  • Challenge flag on the field
  • Chopblock
  • Roughing the passer
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Be careful with this on defense.

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is the crackback signal.

Be careful with this on defense.

  • Crackback
  • Illegal tackle
  • Tackle after the whistle
  • Clipping
64%

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What do you think?

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is a dead ball.

What do you think?

  • TV timeout
  • Injured player on the field
  • Keep the clock running
  • Dead ball
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This might be obvious.

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Retry Correct Incorrect You’re out! Player ejection.

This might be obvious.

  • Review is good
  • 2-point conversion
  • Rekick the ball
  • Player ejected
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This could cause problems.

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is the horse collar signal.

This could cause problems.

  • Horse collar
  • Delay of game
  • False start
  • Conflict with ref
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What do you think this is?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Players are limited in ways they can block.

What do you think this is?

  • Tripping
  • Running into the kicker
  • Illegal cut block
  • Offsides
74%

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Motion with the feet. What is it?

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Retry Correct Incorrect You can’t run into the kicker!

Motion with the feet. What is it?

  • Redo kick
  • Out of bounds
  • Tripping
  • Running into the kicker
77%

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Seems to look like an important call.

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Retry Correct Incorrect The correct answer is ball illegally touched.

Seems to look like an important call.

  • Timeout
  • End of quarter
  • Ball illegally touched
  • illegal use of hands
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What could this be?

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is the double dribble signal from basketball. None of the above.

What could this be?

  • Taunting the ref
  • Coach misconduct
  • Foul language
  • None of the above
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Looks like he is getting ready to get into a coffin.

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Retry Correct Incorrect Delay of game is the right choice.

Looks like he is getting ready to get into a coffin.

  • Injured player on field
  • Coaches challenge
  • Delay of game
  • TV timeout
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What signal is this?

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Retry Correct Incorrect Not quite stepping on someone but tripping.

What signal is this?

  • Tripping
  • Redo of first down
  • Stepping on defender
  • Back to the huddle
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Hands on the hip

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is offside.

Hands on the hip

  • Excessive celebration
  • Ref review
  • Offside
  • Blind hit
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No, he isn’t relaxing.

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Retry Correct Incorrect Lose a down, put your hands behind your head.

No, he isn’t relaxing.

  • Send to booth for review
  • Player injured
  • Loss of down
  • Coach ejected
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Why is he pointing with his whole arm?

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Retry Correct Incorrect This is what you do when you get the first down.

Why is he pointing with his whole arm?

  • Offensive holding
  • First down
  • Blinding the running back
  • Encroachment
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Watch yourself!

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Retry Correct Incorrect The right answer is illegal use of hands.

Watch yourself!

  • Too close to quarterback
  • Illegal use of hands
  • Pushing the running back without the ball
  • Limiting the ref’s vision
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Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

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Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Retry Odell doesn’t think you’d make it as an NFL ref Tom Brady is saddened by your results That’s pretty good but there is room for improvement Good job! You did awesome and he approves.
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