He’s the most important person in football.
- January 31, 2018
Joe Lo Truglio
Scott Van Pelt
Writer: Ben Wietmarschen
Producer: Keishla Rivera-Estrada
Post Producer: Alex Parks
Editor: Michael Burke
Assistant Editor: Kia Reghabi
January 31, 2018
- I mean when you think about it,
he's the only guy really keeping this whole
football thing together.
- I can't tell you how many times
just watching the game where I drop to my knees
essentially and thank the football gods he exists.
- Put it this way.
What's a lie without truth?
What's a game without rules?
What's football without a replay guy?
- Black pants, white stripe, red shirt,
keep it tight, screen is safe, and secure,
we need a replay, I'm there for sure.
Let's go replay, let's goooooo.
- Sure he's intense, but you have to be to do what he does.
- It's a pretty intense job.
I have to be ready at the drop of a red flag.
I gotta, I gotta snap into action.
Lookin' over this way, hey can you grab me?
Yeah, I'm pretty good at my job.
- Ha, I don't know how he does it to be honest with ya.
He holds the screen just the right way.
- No sun glare, no smudges, just HD.
p crisp, clear view, a receiver's toes
going in or out of bounds.
- And he never rests.
He's on his toes the whole game.
- I'm talkin' head on a swivel.
Ready to pounce at just the whisper of a red flag.
- Nothing phases replay guy.
I mean I once saw him get pegged hard
by Matt Hasselbeck on three straight pass attempts.
- Part of the game.
I'm good coach.
Good throw Matt.
Yeah look, in my line of work you get hit.
Mostly by Matt Hasselbeck for some reason.
- I hit him because I wanna be him.
Sorry, not sorry.
- I got some help though.
This is my baby.
Got a reinforced strap here, durable.
Just enough room for my mom to pack me a lunch.
- I actually always wanted to be a replay guy,
but I couldn't handle the pressure.
I mean, how do you even prepare for that?
- My dad taught me everything I know
about being a replay guy as a kid.
You know out in our front yard.
I mean at the time we just had a 32 inch
color t.v. in our living room,
but he had me running around the yard with that thing.
You know, he would even put on a Matt Hasselbeck
jersey and start pegging me with footballs.
People call my dad crazy for thinking
that one day the NFL was gonna employ someone
to show replay to referee.
Come to think of it, Matt Hasselbeck was only
years old at the time,
but somehow my dad knew.
He was like the Marv Marinovich of replay,
and I was his Todd.
Worked out better for me than Todd.
- I'll tell you the main problem facing
the modern day NFL.
Your biggest star is on the sideline.
- My wife knows, if the football game's on,
go ahead and talk to me.
But if a play is being reviewed, leave me alone.
- Oh he'll end up in Canton. No question.
- He's a legend.
- He's an icon.
- You know my dad always told me
to challenge myself and I do.
And I make sure other people can do that too.
Not so much challenge themselves,
but the legality of grown men's body positions
in relation to arbitrary chalk lines drawn in the grass,
I let them challenge that.
My job allows grown men to take things
outta their pants and say,
"Hey world, I think this is the right thing to do."
So I'm ready, Jesus!
Oh my God I thought that was a bird.
I thought that was an F-ing bird.
Birds freak me out.
Oh, just a red flag.