This College Football Referee With Superbuff Arms Was the Real Star of the National Championship Game: Meet Mike Defee

A surprising star of the game! During the college football national championship game between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday, January 8, referee Mike Defee stole the show with his superbuff, muscular arms — and now they even have their own Twitter handle.

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Referee Mike Defee

Every time Defee would make a call, fans were immediately distracted by his bulging biceps. “Forget the players, I want arms like the referee in the #NationalChampionship game #workoutmotivation,” one tweeter wrote. Another added, “It’s really hard to focus on what the ref is saying because I can’t stop staring at his arms.”

Social media users soon started pitting Defee against one of the most famous NFL referees: Ed Hochuli, who’s also known for his ripped arms. “The real national championship last night was the comparison between Mike Defee and Ed Hochuli’s biceps,” one person on Twitter wrote, while another tweeted, “This referee could have the biggest arms on the field. Somewhere, Ed Hochuli is doing curls to not be outgunned.”

referee Mike Defee
Referee Mike Defee during the Oklahoma Sooners' 63-27 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, OK, on Oct. 24, 2015. Stephen P. O'Brien/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images

The 54-year-old works as a Big 12 referee during the college football season, and it was his first time as head ref of a national championship game. When he’s not officiating, he’s the president of an industrial contractor company in Texas.

By the end of the game, Defee's arms had their own Twitter account (@MikeDefeeArms). “Mike Defee 2020, Make America Swole Again,” the account tweeted.

See more hilarious tweets about the viral star below:

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