is an NFL Official?
Steve Woods '93
It was 3:09 p.m. on April 24, 2017. Steve Woods was working in his financial advising office when he realized he had missed a phone call. When he finally got through, he heard: “You’ve done a great job, and we’d like to bring you on with the NFL.” “After I had accepted this wasn’t a dream, the fear of failing came on. When we walk out on the field, everybody in the stands and on the sidelines expect us to be perfect.” Steve says his first year with the National Football League was pretty similar to his time at Wabash. No, at Wabash he didn’t face the hatred of thousands of people, but he did learn time management, which has helped him balance the NFL, his full-time job, and, most importantly, his family. Wabash was also a challenge that kept him on his toes the entire time – exactly how he feels as an umpire behind the offensive line. “You’ve really got to maintain a high level of concentration during these five to six second intervals. That doesn’t sound that difficult, but by the end of 200 plays, I’m mentally exhausted. But then during timeouts, that’s when I found myself looking around and thinking, ‘I can’t believe I’m here.’”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.