Dallas Cowboys fans only identify NFL official Gene Steratore with one moment in their esteemed history: the Dez Bryant catch against the Green Bay Packers in Jan. 2015.
On Sunday, Steratore will be officiating his first Cowboys game since ruling that Bryant hadn’t completed the process of the catch and costing Dallas a chance to advance to the NFC Championship game. And Steratore should thank his lucky stars that the game the Cowboys are on the road against the Oakland Raiders and not at home.
The 15-year NFL veteran official has done a number of playoff games in his career and has been awarded an NFC Championship along with alternate status at Super Bowl 44 in Miami. However, Cowboys fans still aren’t over his role in Dallas missing out on its best chance to win a championship during the Tony Romo era because of Steratore’s ultimate decision.
With the Cowboys clinging to postseason life and desperately in need of a win over the Raiders to stay alive heading into Week 16 and the return of Ezekiel Elliott, Steratore’s crew will be scrutinized heavily. And if the game happens to come down to a pivotal officiating call and things don’t go their way, it’s safe to say that Steratore won’t be welcomed in Dallas anytime soon.