Can You Answer All Of These Questions About Being An NFL Referee?

By: Gavin Thagard
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Goal Line What's the line between the end zone and the field of play called?
Goal line
No player has crossed the goal line more Emmitt Smith. He finished his career with 164 touchdowns.
Field line
Out of bounds
Finish line

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Football Team How many players are on each side of the field?
5
7
9
11
The quarterback is usually the leader of the offense. He's responsible for making reads and calls based on the defense.

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Runner Can the defense get a holding call?
Yes
Derrelle Revis is one of the most dominant cornerbacks to ever play in the NFL. During his prime, quarterbacks wouldn't even throw to his side of the field.
No

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Runner Which player snaps the ball?
Receiver
Running back
Center
A center must have great chemistry with the quarterback. After all, a lot can go wrong from the snap of the ball to the quarterback receiving it.
Guard

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Catch How does a punt returner signal a fair catch?
Yelling
Shaking his head
Running out of bounds
Waving his hand
Devin Hester holds the record for most punt returns for a touchdown with 14. He accomplished this while playing from 2006 until 2016.

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Yellow Flag What does the referee throw if there's a penalty?
White flag
Yellow flag
The most penalties ever in an NFL game is 22. This record is held by three different teams.
Green card
Their hat

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Scrimmage What line separates the offense from the defense?
Line of play
Fieldline
Line of scrimmage
Defensive tackles have to be some of the most dominant players on that side of the ball. They are responsible for controlling the line of scrimmage.
Line of attack

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Football Yards Without a penalty, how many yards does it take for an offense to get a 1st down?
5 yards
10 yards
The best offenses move the chains methodically. This wears a defense down and keeps their own defense off the field.
15 yards
20 yards

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Punting The offense can change field position by doing what on 4th down?
Throwing
Running
Punting
The longest punt in NFL history went 98 yards. This punt came from the leg of Steve O'Neal.
Kicking

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American Football How many yards is a personal foul?
10 yards
15 yards
Personal fouls can get players kicked out of games. Sometimes, they even come with a hefty fine.
20 yards
25 yards

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Referee How many referees are in a game?
7
All referees have their own jobs, but they are also responsible for communicating with one another. This helps to ensure calls are right.
10
11
12

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Touchdown How many points is a touchdown worth?
1
3
6
The most times a runner has crossed the goal line in a single game is five. This has been accomplished by five different players.
7

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Aggressive Football What happens if a defensive player lines up over the line of scrimmage?
Neutral zone infraction
Linebackers sometimes get called for this when they aren't used to rushing the passer. Of course, that's rare in today's game.
Personal foul
Over the line
Heavy start

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Football Kickoff How does a game start?
Tipoff
Toss up
Kickoff
NFL games last 60 minutes. A coin is flipped to decide who gets the ball first.
Face-off

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Football Stadium How long is the field, not including the end zone?
20 yards
50 yards
80 yards
100 yards
The longest run in NFL history went 99 yards. This was accomplished by Tony Dorsett in 1982, while playing with the Cowboys.

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Football How many yards is a false start?
5 yards
Many false starts are caused by crowd noise. One of the loudest stadiums in the NFL belongs to the Seattle Seahawks, where the crowd can be quite intimidating​.
10 yards
15 yards
25 yards

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Football How many points is a field goal worth?
1
3
The longest field goal ever kicked was 64 yards. This was accomplished by Matt Prater in 2013.
6
7

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Playoffs What's it called if a defender hits the quarterback after he throws the ball?
Hitting the quarterback
Roughing the passer
Cam Newton is known as a big and physical quarterback. However, that means he takes a lot of punishment as well.
After the play hit
False hit

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Tackle What's it called if a defender catches a pass?
Defensive catch
Reception
Interception
Playing from 1964 until 1979, Paul Krause was one of the greatest safeties in the game. He still holds the NFL record for interceptions with 81.
Pass recovery

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Attempted Tackle Which players on the field can recover a fumble?
Offense
Defense
Skilled players
Anyone
Brett Favre also holds the record for most fumbles in a career. From 1991 until 2010, Favre fumbled the ball 166 times.

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Football If an offensive player falls to the ground but isn't touched by a defender, can he keep running?
Yes
This rule is different than in college. In college, you're down as soon as you hit the ground.
No

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Quarterback How many times can a ball be thrown forward during a play?
1
No player has thrown for more yards in a game than Norm Van Brocklin. He threw for 554 yards during the 1951 season opener.
2
3
It doesn't matter

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Tackle What's a pass that hits the ground called?
Fumble
Ground ball
Dropped
Incomplete
No player completed more passes in their career than Brett Favre. He finished with 5,377 completed passes.

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Tackle How many yards is an offensive holding penalty?
5 yards
10 yards
Defensive ends are often the most difficult defensive players to guard. They are sacking machines, and holding is sometimes necessary to keep them from hitting the quarterback.
15 yards
20 yards

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Tackle When is an intentional grounding NOT called?
In shotgun
Outside the tackle box
Tom Brady is also a three-time NFL MVP. He won his first MVP award in 2007.
Under center
Running back pass

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Football Sack What's it called if a quarterback is tackled behind the line of scrimmage while he still has the ball?
Broken play
Tackle for a loss
Sack
No player was better at sacking the quarterback than Bruce Smith. He wreaked havoc in the backfield, recording 200 sacks over the course of his career.
Backfield tackle

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Defender A defender can make contact with a receiver for how many yards?
5 yards
Randy Moss was one of the most dangerous receivers in the history of the game. He was most known for being a down the field threat.
10 yards
20 yards
25 yards

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Football What happens if the quarterback throws the ball out of bounds with no receiver around?
Intentional grounding
Tom Brady is widely considered the greatest quarterback of all time. That praise is mainly associated with his five Super Bowls.
Incomplete pass
Out throw
He's removed from the field.

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Football What happens if a quarterback is sacked into his own end zone?
Touchdown
Touchback
Defensive conversion
Safety
A safety is worth two points. Many quarterbacks will take a safety by kicking the ball out of the end zone rather than having the defense recover it.

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Defender Can a defender hit the kicker while he's kicking?
Yes
No
This is a huge mistake that can restart an offense's drive. It's even helped some teams win games in crunch time. The kicker is free game after both legs have returned to the ground or the defenders have touched the ball after it's left the kicker.

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Scrimmage How many offensive players must be on the line of scrimmage?
4
7
Only the furthest player to each side is allowed to run routes. Sometimes offenses will run unbalanced looks to confuse the defense.
9
11

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Football Where's the ball moved to after a touchback?
10-yard line
20-yard line
25-yard line
The ball was once moved to the 20-yard line. However, in an effort to cut back on concussions, the NFL moved the yardage forward to keep the return man from bringing the ball out of the end zone.
35-yard line

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Scrimmage How many defensive players must be on the line of scrimmage?
0
4
7
It doesn't matter
The defense will run various looks to keep the offense from reading what they're doing. Sometimes they will even stand their defensive linemen up like linebackers and move them around.

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Football Where is a PAT attempt kicked from?
2-yard line
5-yard line
15-yard line
Offenses also have the ability to go for a 2-point conversion. This attempt is made closer to the goal line, though it's taken less often.
25-yard line

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Receiver What is called if a return man tries to run the ball after making a fair catch?
False call
Unsportsmanlike​ conduct
Delay of game
In 1994, Robert Bailey returned a punt for 103 yards. That's still an NFL record.
Unfair catch

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