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ODD JOB
September 02, 2002
NEW YORK JETS INSTANT REPLAY ADVISER
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September 02, 2002

Odd Job

NEW YORK JETS INSTANT REPLAY ADVISER

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It doesn't sound much like a job, especially since millions are already doing it for free every Sunday. But this fall, former NFL ref Tony Veteri will get paid to watch football on TV and disagree with the officials. In August the Jets hired Veteri, 78, to become the team's instant replay adviser, the first former official to be hired for such a position. During games Veteri will huddle with assistant coaches in the press box and advise them on challenging calls. His job is pressure-packed: If the ruling is upheld, his team loses a timeout. "I'm going to have maybe 30 seconds tops," says Veteri, who will rely on the regular network feed.

Coach Herman Edwards will still make the final decision on challenges, but if anyone is qualified for such a gig, it's Veteri, who worked four Super Bowls during his 40-year career as an NFL referee and an observer of officials. He had no challenges in the team's first three preseason games and says he wouldn't hesitate to challenge calls made by his son, Tony, an NFL official. "I'm treating it just like reffing," Veteri says of his job. "When you think you see something, don't call it. When you know you saw it, then you call it."

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