Tuesday, October 16, 2012

NFL Veteran Markbreit’s Four Qualities of a Successful Referee

David Ireland (left), Jerry Markbreit (center) and David Foxright
Photo credit: InsideHalton.com
With 43 seasons officiating football under his belt and four turns as the head referee for the Super Bowl, if Jerry Markbreit gives you some advice - it's worth listening!  Markbreit retired from the NFL in 1998 but continued to cover the sport as a weekly columnist for the Chicago Tribune until 2008.

He begin his career by officiating intramural fraternity football games in 1953.  He is living proof that with hard work and persistence you can work your way to the top!

Now the 77 year old speaks at events, most recently a meeting in Burlington hosted by the Lakeshore Football Officials at the Burlington Convention Centre.  Markbreit talked about his long career and shared some humorous stories too. 

He also explained to the crowd what qualities he believed the most successful referees should possess:  "Integrity, people skills, knowledge of the rules and an attitude that every assignment is the most important game ever officiated.

You can check out the full article here: 
http://www.insidehalton.com/community/burlington/article/1510453

What do you think - did Jerry Markbreit hit all the key elements of a successful referee?  Would you add to his list? 

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