Being a referee in the NFL is a nice way to earn a solid supplementary income on the weekend, but it’s a job that comes with little recognition unless you do something crazy like Lee Dyer did in Thursday night’s Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins game.
Redskins wide receiver and punt returner Jamison Crowder fumbled the ball during a punt return in the first quarter and an extremely large pile of players formed around the bounding ball to attempt to recover the fumble. As the referees attempted to sort the action, Dyer, the back judge, came into the picture and dove head-first into the pile to attempt to figure out who had recovered.
With enormous bodies falling and flailing all around him, Dyer was at a pretty significant risk for getting injured and his gung-ho approach even earned some commentary from NBC broadcasters Mike Tirico and Cris Collinsworth.
Dyer and his colleagues (the head referee of that crew is Craig Wrolstad) ultimately determined that the Cowboys had recovered the fumble, but were unable to do much with it. However, we might remember this otherwise innocuous fumble for quite some time as the time where a kamikaze ref got down and dirty for his cause.
Yo the one ref dove into the pile and straight up disappeared. pic.twitter.com/mcrvgKqMzE
— Dirty Sports (@TheDirtySports) December 1, 2017
Dyer has 15 years of officiating experience but he might be forever remembered for the video you see here. Which is probably better than being remembered for some blown call in some big game.