Football officials, for the most part, don't receive positive attention from football fans.
They are usually singled out for controversy or controversial calls on the gridiron.
On Monday, that was not the case for Jack Vaughn.
"I'm not used to applause," Vaughn joked as he stepped to the podium to speak to the Starkville Rotary Club at the Starkville Country Club.Â
Vaughn was a referee in the National Football League for 24 seasons. He officiated 23 postseason games, including three Super Bowls, and he also was a part of two Pro Bowls and referred in 465 NFL games.
In the famous "Fog Bowl" between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears in a playoff game in 1988, Vaughn was the field judge. Fog fell over Chicago's Soldier Field. The Bears ended up winning the game 20-12.Â
These days Vaughn is the replay official for Conference USA.
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