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Linebacker Turned Ref Tackles Quarterback

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  Gamecock fans squawk

Photo credit: GERRY MELENDEZ/AP

Photo credit: GERRY MELENDEZ/AP

Former all-star linebacker turned referee Wilbur Hackett, Jr. tackled the University of South Carolina  quarterback, Steven Garcia — during the game!  Only in Gamecock country could we see this happen!  Knowing that we just wrote Sports Officials Under Assault makes this even more funny.  Did this interference affect the outcome of the game? Did Hackett tackle Garcia on purpose? We will never know.  From watching the video it looked like he acted out of pure instinct. What would you expect from a guy who, according to his high school website, was a three-year staring linebacker at the University of Kentucky and made more than a few all-star teams in the 1960s. What’s even crazier is that 40 years later, he’s tackling while wearing no pads!