News accounts of the death of Jerry Seeman, former NFL referee and senior director of officiating for the NFL, omitted some interesting facts.
Jerry Seeman was born and raised in St. Charles. He played baseball, basketball and football for St. Charles High School and started for the Saints' basketball team when he was in eighth grade. While he was in high school, his family moved to Plainview, where he excelled in varsity sports for his junior and senior years.
I graduated from St. Charles High School in 1952. In the late '40s and early '50s, most students who lived in the rural areas rode the bus to and from school and had no other way to get home after school, which meant they couldn't participate in varsity sports. So these rural kids played intramural basketball during their noon lunch break.
My second cousin and great friend, Jerry Seeman, volunteered to referee those games, and his officiating career began.