What it takes to be an NFL referee, according to an official who spent 19 seasons in the league

We talked to a former NFL referee and asked him what it takes to be an official in the football league. Jim Howey worked in various capacities during his 19 seasons in the NFL, including as a back judge, head linesman, and down judge. He revealed the path that led him to the league, what he did to stay in shape during the season, and how he handled angry coaches and players during games. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. 

Following is a transcript of the video. 

Jim Howey: I’m Jim Howey. I was in the NFL from 1999 until

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