Pro sports has seen its share of player-coaches or managers over time, but the NFL this week decided to set a new precedent. The league controversially named Seattle Seahawks DB Richard Sherman a player-ref to kick off Week 10 of the NFL season.
According to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, “As a graduate of Stanford, Richard is an intelligent man and clearly knows the rules better than any of our officials. As player ref, he can ‘kill two birds,’ and possibly a few kickers in the process.”
Sherman is slated to wear a new Nike split jersey featuring half Seahawk blue and half zebra-stripes. When questioned about his new role, he had mixed emotions.
“It’s true I know the rules better than anyone and can play-ref this game blindfolded,” claims Sherman. “Unfortunately, I also see this as an opportunity for the league to suspend or fine me double every week.”