Marysville man was NFL replacement referee

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 3:04 PM

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — High school sports referee Jeff Sadorus of Marysville has a couple of football games to officiate this weekend in Seattle. But a couple of weeks ago he was on TV as one of the 128 NFL replacement refs.

The 48-year-old told The Daily Herald (http://is.gd/PZ7tK3 ) the replacement refs allowed the NFL season to open on schedule. He says they did the best they could in the situation.

Sadorus made a controversial call in the Baltimore-New England game, ruling the Ravens made a game-ending field goal for the victory. Patriots coach Bill Belichick grabbed one of the other officials by the arm after the game to complain and was fined $50,000.

It was one of three games Sadorus worked. He also officiated three pre-season games. He was paid $3,000 a game.

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