The early star of Monday night’s college football national championship game between Alabama and Clemson played for neither the Crimson Tide nor the Tigers.
No, the early star was a ref — an unusually buff ref, that is.
The ref in question’s name is Mike Defee, a 54-year-old who typically calls games in the Big 12 Conference. Defee is indeed particularly jacked — and his yolked-ness was amply displayed each time ESPN cameras zeroed in on him while he explained a call on the field.
The peanut gallery on Twitter, of course, had a field day with a ref who looked like he could still blow up a running play in the backfield.
Anybody gives the Ref any lip tonight during the game, he might go Ultimate Warrior on them. Dude is jacked!
— War Eagle! (@wardmneagle) January 10, 2017
Bruh. This ref is freaking buff af 😂
— Niol Gonzalez (@Niol_Gonzalez) January 10, 2017
Whys the head ref the most jacked guy on the field?
— Jim Still (@JimStill1) January 10, 2017
Many were also quick to note the similarities between Defee and Ed Hochuli, an NFL official similarly renowned for his apparent dedication to a rigorous workout regimen. Hochuli’s name even briefly became a trending topic, thanks to football fans’ obsession with Defee.
Instead of the Pro Bowl, let’s just have a boxing match between Ed Hochuli and this swoll ref.
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) January 10, 2017
Too much to ask for tonight’s referee and Ed Hochuli to step into the squared circle at some point? For charity? Let’s get ‘er done.
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) January 10, 2017
Anyway, congrats to Defee on being buff and congrats to Twitter on the faves and retweets.