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The NFL this week approved a rule that prohibits players from lowering their helmets to initiate contact. Because this seems like something that might be difficult for officials to enforce, I reached out to former referee Ed Hochuli to request an interview. Hochuli, who retired in March, emailed back a few minutes ago with a really cute response.

From: EDWARD HOCHULI
To: Dom Cosentino

I’m sorry, Dom, but I’m not doing any interviews. I’m one who believes that “retired” means no work!! My wife and I are off travelling the country in our motorhome.

My best, Ed

Godspeed, Ed. Here’s hoping you and Mrs. Ed are having a swell time.