Sport 10 Facts About Ripped Referee Mike Defee

22:20  10 january  2017
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Mike Defee flexed his way into the spotlight Monday night. The referee for the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship showed off his bulging biceps through tight zebra stripes as No. 2 Clemson upset No. 1 Alabama, 35-31. Head ref tonight Mike Defee , when he isn't in stripes, is the president of an industrial contractor in Texas — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 10 , 2017.

Mike Defee made his debut as a referee in a College Football Playoff championship game on Monday night, and it was certainly memorable. With every penalty that Defee called, people began to realize that he is ripped . While not confirmed, it’s a pretty good guess that Defee works out. — Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) January 10 , 2017. Why is the head referee in the Alabama Vs Clemson ripped

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Mike Defee flexed his way into the spotlight on Monday night. The referee for the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship showed off his bulging biceps through tight zebra stripes as No. 2 Clemson upset No. 1 Alabama, 35-31.

Defee became an instant internet sensation thanks to his frame.

Who is this mystery man? We investigate.

1. He is an industrial contractor in Texas

Do you need someone to handle "electrical and instrumentation construction and maintenance in the Golden Triangle are of Southeast Texas?" If you do, Defee is your guy.

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This referee , a gent named Mike Defee , looks like he works out with Ed Hochuli. #MikeGunz. — Sam Borden (@SamBorden) January 10 , 2017. It took Twitter a minute to recollect itself after being distracted by the fact that the head referee could probably play in this game. The Crimson Tide and Tigers still had a game to play, however, and Nick Saban’s team was trying to assert their dominance for a perfect season.

Mike Defee , a 55-year-old referee from Mauriceville, stole the spotlight in Monday night's College Football National Championship. Viewers couldn't stop tweeting about the Big 12 referee 's massive arms. Image 33 of 33. Referee with ripped arms in college title game a Southeast Texas native.

Defee is the manager of Newtron Beaumont, L.L.C., based in Nederland, Texas. For customers with electrical issues, Defee's massive presence must provide some sort of comfort that the project will get done.

This is only going to encourage more Ed Hochuli comparisons, as the NFL referee is a lawyer by day. That's a P.L.C. instead of an L.L.C.

2. He has officiated 16 NCAA seasons

According to the Beaumont Enterprise, Defee's first game as a football referee was a Texas freshmen battle between Jasper and West Orange-Stark in 1994. He was 32 at the time. In 2001, Defee jumped to the Southland Conference, then-part of Division-IAA. Defee got the call to the Big 12 in 2006 and he's been there ever since.

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Mike Defee ’s arms drew more attention than Alabama and Clemson in last night’s championship game. By Andrew Daniels January 10 , 2017. Every time Defee —a ref from the Big 12 conference—signaled to make a call on the field, his biceps and triceps busted out of his tight, black-and-white-striped shirt. Defee immediately drew comparisons to Ed Hochuli, the NFL referee who was heretofore the only zebra known more for his bulging muscles than his questionable calls.

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3. He was once a BCS National Championship Game alternate

Defee could have had his moment in 2012, when he was a backup referee for the title game. However, Defee did not get the call during Alabama's 21-0 drubbing of LSU.

Prior to Monday, Defee had officiated the Sugar Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Rose Bowl and three Big 12 Championship Games. But the outing in Tampa was his first taste of the big show.

4. The NFL passed on him

In 2012, Defee was one of 20 finalists to become an NFL official.

"He's the most prepared official that I've ever been around," Texas officiating scout Beau Hicks said in 2012. "And I've been around a lot of officials. He's the best back judge in the United States, although he's refereeing right now. When he goes to the NFL, (back judge) is probably what position he'll move to."[MOBILE-AD-ad_dx_x100]

Defee didn't get the gig. Hochuli held his ground as the NFL's premier buff ref. But the NFL rumors have lingered.

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5. His quotes are amazing

These are some things Defee has said about refereeing:

-- "I tell people all of the time, 'You haven't lived until you've been booed by 100,000 people at one time.'"

-- "It is a very complicated game. You don't just show up and put your uniform on."

-- "It's a three-hour battle of focus."

6. He's roughly 54 years old

We know Defee was 50 in October 2012, so unless he has a November or December birthday, he's probably 54. And he looks damn good for 54.

7. "My name's Mike Defee. I'm your referee" is maybe the greatest Rose Bowl greeting ever

From 2014: Look how scared Vin Scully is. 

8. Big 12 fans have known about his muscles for a long time now

9. His son is an official

According to KBMT-TV, Defee and his son, Michael, officiated a Lamar football scrimmage this past August (FCS Lamar is in Beaumont). The younger Defee was slotted to be part of the officiating crew for Lamar's home opener against Coastal Carolina.

10. @MikeDefeeArms is an instant must-follow on Twitter

Mike Defee is a true legend. If only Monday night's introduction came much earlier.

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