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We’ll start with Gary D’Amato’s column on former NFL referee Bill Carollo, framed by a funny on-field story involving Brett Favre.
Dec. 28, 2003. Bill Carollo of Shorewood is the referee for the Green Bay Packers’ final regular-season game against Denver at Lambeau Field. In the fourth quarter, Ahman Green takes a handoff from Favre, bursts off right tackle, breaks into the clear and goes 98 yards for a touchdown.
Carollo is running down the field alongside an exuberant Favre when hilarity ensues.
“Brett keeps hitting me, ‘Carollo, give me five, give me five!’” Carollo says. “He’s trying to high-five me. I tell him, ‘I can’t give you five, Brett.’ He’s hitting me on the butt, on the shoulder, on the back. He’s yelling, ‘He’s going all the way! Give me five!’ I’m ducking away from him and yelling, ‘I can’t give you five.’ ”
Before the game, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan had asked Carollo how he could work the game, because there’s an NFL rule that a referee cannot work a game in his hometown. Carollo assured Shanahan that he lived in Milwaukee, not Green Bay.
Now he and Favre are running down the field together and a giddy Favre is trying to high-five the referee.
“We run right past Shanahan,” Carollo says, “and he holds out his hands and yells, ‘Carollo, I told you you shouldn’t be working this game!’"
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