Originally written on The Awesome Boston  |  Last updated 3/25/15
A.B. NFL referee, Garth DeFelice, who wears number U (umpire) 53, didn’t shy away from contact with both Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots players in tonight’s AFC playoff game. DeFelice, who bears a striking resemblance to Principal Gerald Strickland from Back to the Future, also seems to rule with the same iron fist. Just Google his name and you’ll see a multitude of pictures/videos/articles of him “getting physical” with players. This blatant jab is my favorite. DeFelice has been an NFL official since 1998 and is no stranger to controversy. According to DeFelice’s wiki page: In 2010, DeFelice was involved in a controversy in a game between San Francisco and the San Diego Chargers. After a play, 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith and Chargers tight end Kris Wilson were fighting. When DeFelice went in an attempt to break it up, Smith pushed DeFelice out of the way and was ejected per NFL rules regarding contact with an official. After seeing the way DeFelice managed th...
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