Back Judge

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The back judge is a football officiating position in the professional, college and high school ranks. The position was first included in the National Football League in 1947.

During the game, the back judge is situated 20 yards into the defensive backfield. His job is to watch nearby defenders, runners and eligible receivers. Other responsibilities include:

Some of the NFLs back judges in recent years include:

Due to the length of the NFL season, the back judges (and all other officials) are paid on a contract basis instead of being full-time employees. The NFL is the only major sports league to adopt this practice.

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