In an unusual case, one VFL umpire, Henry James "Bunny" Nugent (1880–1955),   served in three wars,   the Boer War, World War I,   wherein he was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery,  and World War II (he had put his age back five years to enlist in 1939).   In his first senior VFL match as field umpire back from his service in the First AIF, (Richmond v. Essendon on Saturday, 11 May 1918), the Richmond and Essendon players lined up and formed a guard of honour for him to run through as he took the ground. 
Though the statement is disputed, Jack Trice is believed by some to be the innovator behind the "shovel", "shuffle", shuttle" or "Utah" pass, a short forward pass generally to the running or up back behind the line of scrimmage . According to legend, Trice conceived the concept and presented to coach Sam Willaman. When Willaman attempted the play in a game against Drake later that year, the ball was dropped and the official incorrectly called it a fumble . The play was not used again and disappeared from college football until it was resurrected by Jack Cortice at the University of Utah in 1957.
"I thought at first that this was something new they discovered in 2010," he said. "Doing a little research, and talking to the lawyers, this information was out in the 20s about the effect of these head concussions and it was never revealed to us. You get your head dinged and you get back in there. Back then, we didn't know any better. Then we found out later on that they knew all along but just to keep the money coming into the system, they pushed you back out there without any regard for your personal well-being, no regard for your future well-being. The studies on head trauma were available but they just didn't do anything to adhere to that information.