Hunky NFL referee Ed Hochuli blew a fumble call last Sunday and cost the San Diego Chargers the game.
What’s been impressive in the fallout after the game is Hochuli’s personal apology and his public agonizing all week. It’s refreshing to see a veteran official take his lumps.
“I’m getting hundreds of emails – hate mail – but I’m responding to it all. People deserve a response,” Hochuli wrote to fans, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
Affecting the outcome of a game is a devastating feeling. Officials strive for perfection – I failed miserably. Although it does no good to say it, I am very, very sorry.”
“You can rest assured that nothing anyone can say can make me feel worse than I already feel about my mistake on the fumble play. You have no idea.”
Hochuli is a favorite of some sports fans, including readers of the gay sports site Outsports.com, for his muscled frame.