A referee who was doing his best on Thursday night found himself sent to the ground in undignified fashion after taking a QB’s pass right to the head.

It must be hard to monitor the downfield action AND keep tabs on when and where the ball is going, so I’ll save any possible shaming for now and just say, “That sucks.”

Ouch. Not fun, you guys.

Fortunately, the zebra was quick to hop back up with a smile and get back to work, which is the kind of moxie you like to see from players AND refs.

I don’t know if this sort of thing is preventable in the future, but it still serves as a reminder that there are footballs flying around down there, people.

Via totalprosports.com