NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young has a new memoir call “QB: My Life Behind the Spiral” (with Jeff Benedict) due out on October 11, and The MMQB’s Peter King is offering rave reviews.
Even on the field, I can’t escape the craziness. We play the Colts at home. Partway through the second quarter I’m in the huddle when the head referee taps me on the shoulder. “Can I talk to you for a second?” he says. I step away from the huddle. “Hey, listen, my daughter’s going to BYU,” he whispers. Next thing I know he starts trying to convince me that I should meet his daughter. “I’d like you to take her out,” he says.
I cannot believe this. We’re in the middle of a game! “Oh, okay,” I said. “What’s her name?’’ He tells me and I return to the huddle … Late in the game we’re down 31-23 and I’m trying to mount a comeback. I scramble out of the pocket and take a brutal hit. It causes me to fumble just before the whistle blows to stop the play. I am lying on the ground when the defense recovers the loose ball, all but sealing our defeat. Suddenly out of nowhere a yellow flag lands next to me. The referee whose daughter is headed to BYU calls a personal foul on the defense. First down, Tampa Bay. I get up and brush myself off. Then the ref walks past me and whispers she likes Italian food.
Whoa. I was half expecting the story to end with Young marrying the ref’s daughter, but apparently not. In fact, we don’t even find out if Young took the girl out for some Italian food!
We usually think of refs as powerless next to the superstar athletes they officiate, but this story shows that they’ve got some leverage. Imagine all the favors a ref could curry by throwing some well-timed roughing-the-passer flags. Sure, that would lead to mass scandal and widespread loss of faith in officials and the league they work for, but it might be worth it to get Jenny a new boyfriend.
Anyway, the USFL sure sounds like a lot of fun. Whoever killed that league sure is lame.