head linesman

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Noun1.head linesman - a football official in charge of recording yardage gained or lost
football official - an official who enforces the rules at a football game
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CUTLINE: Patriots coach Bill Belichick is expected to be fined by the NFL for briefly placing his hand on head linesman Rodney Russell.
McKenney Award for top collegiate football official to ECAC head linesman David Carter of Duxbury, Mass.
Zablonski, who lives in Gardner and graduated from Gardner High in 1954, began his officiating career as a head linesman, and then spent 25 years as the on-field referee in game after game.