Like last year's replacement referee drama showed, refs in the NFL rarely take center stage for anything good.
On Thursday night, however, referee Walt Anderson managed to steal a little of the spotlight from the matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs for an entirely different reason.
Late in the fourth quarter and trying to overcome a 10-point deficit, the Eagles were called for a false start penalty deep in their own territory.
The infraction itself, of course, wasn't particularly unusual. The party responsible for the false start penalty, on the other hand, was.
Anderson's call on the field? "False start: Everybody but the center."
Apparently, Eagles center Jason Kelce was the only member of the team who had the snap count correct (or incorrect, as is more likely the case).
This certainly wasn't the first time a referee has made such a call—you might remember the one from last year's TCU and Baylor matchup.
However, that doesn't make Anderson's call any less surprising...or hilarious.
The Chiefs ended up walking away with the 26-16 victory, but kudos to Anderson for raising the bar for his own colleagues in making the funniest call to date in the young NFL season.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article mistakenly identified the referee as Walt Coleman, who is an active NFL referee—just not the one we're talking about here. We regret the error.
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