”The Third Team is an outstanding book that details the lives, accomplishments, and character of the officials who work at the highest level sports officiating. This “secret society” of men oversees the greatest game in the world. Kudos to the author for exposing the incredible personalities of these special people.
Ken Rivera, Corodinator of Football Officials, Mountain West Conference.
“I love this book because it humanizes a profession that many have taken for granted. Lister shows the sacrifice, dedication, and sense of humor that make NFL officials the greatest in sport. He has shed light on a world that will undoubtedly educate and inspire his readers.
Bill Carollo, Former NFL Referee, former NFLRA Executive Director, and Current Coordinator of Football Officiating, Big Ten Conference. .
“Who are these guys anyway? I mean, what kid grows up wanting to be an official? You will enjoy reading the writing of Dick Lister as he clearly shows how dedicated and responsible these people are. The integrity of any game is dependent upon the quality of the officials.
Dr. Jim Tunney, NFL Referee 1960-1991; Nominee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“Lister has peeled back the cover of the game and exposed the passion and love for the sport that each official in the NFL possesses. Immersed in the middle of chaos during a game,surropunded by massive players with world-class quickness and speed, the NFL officials are in the right place at the right time, and looking in the right area to make the calls with uncanny accuracy. . .all verified by today’s replay HD technology. Surprisingly enough, all done by men that have families, play golf and tennis at the local club, and have jobs just like everyone else. Dick’s book gives you a look into the heart of the officials, and each reader envisions a bit of himself in each man.
Jeff Bergman, NFL LIne Judge, 1991-Present.