We’ve reported on who Mike Defee isn’t.
But who is he, really?
The Beaumont Enterprise in Southeast Texas did a “Local Boy Does Good” story on the referee who presided over the College Football Playoff national championship game, in which his biceps rivaled Clemson’s thrilling win over Alabama in social media world.
Brooks Kubena’s story details a prank played by Defee’s co-workers upon his return to work in Nederland, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon.
The fellow industrial company employees had pictures of Defee’s pythons pointing the way toward a first down, and had them pointing the way toward Defee’s office, presumably to make sure the fame didn’t get to his head, replacing the knowledge of his workplace location.
The co-workers also had T-shirts made up that read: I work for Mike “The Arms” Defee.
The memes flew around the internet throughout the exciting 35-31 Clemson victory: #muscleref was trending, a parody Twitter account was made, and probably the best one-liner was: “Despite heightened #NationalChampionship security, this ref managed to sneak two guns in.”
Defee, a Big 12 Conference referee for 11 years and former (barely) football player at Nederland High School, took it in stride.
“Like everything else, it will die away,” Defee said of his new-found fame. “The quicker the better.”