2017 ROSTER OF OFFICIALS CONFIRMED

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2017 ROSTER OF OFFICIALS CONFIRMED

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6/29/17

2017 ROSTER OF OFFICIALS CONFIRMED

EIGHT FIRST-YEAR NFL OFFICIALS AMONG 2017 CLASS

The NFL roster of game officials for the 2017 season will include eight first-year NFL officials among the group of 124, the league announced today.

Line judge BRIAN BOLINGER (Big Ten), line judge MIKE CARR (Big Ten), side judge RYAN DICKSON (Pac-12), down judge DAVID OLIVER (SEC), field judge MEARL ROBINSON (Pac-12), field judge BRAD ROGERS (SEC), line judge DANNY SHORT (ACC), and umpire STEVE WOODS (Big Ten) will make their NFL officiating debuts this season.

All 17 referees from 2016 will return in 2017 and lead seven-person on-field officiating crews, led by the dean of NFL officials, WALT COLEMAN, who enters his 29th season.

An instant replay official will work as part of each of the 17 officiating crews, including TERRI VALENTI, who becomes the first female replay official in NFL history. Valenti has worked in instant replay for the NFL for the past five seasons, serving as a replay communicator from 2012-15 and a replay assistant in 2016 before being promoted to her current position. Prior to turning her focus to replay, Valenti was an on-field official at the high school, collegiate and professional level (Arena Football League, United Football League), as well as in various international football leagues.

Five officials will not be assigned to crews and will work with different crews throughout the season. In addition to these five officials, there will be more rotation of officials among the crews to ensure the most consistent officiating across the league.

Twelve officials will work at new positions this season in an effort to capitalize on the particular strengths of each official as well as balance the needs of the overall officiating staff.

In addition, the position formerly known as “head linesman” will be called “down judge” beginning this season to more accurately depict the primary responsibility of the role ensuring the correct down and distance as well as to eliminate the gender-based classification of the position.

Three sets of fathers and sons are included among the roster of officials Coleman and his son, WALT IV; ED HOCHULI and his son, SHAWN; and STEVE FREEMAN and his son, BRAD and four sets of brothers – ALLEN and RUSTY BAYNES; JEFF and JERRY BERGMAN; CARL, DINO & PERRY PAGANELLI; and GENE and TONY STERATORE.

Steve Freeman and PHIL MC KINNELY are the only current game officials to have also enjoyed NFL playing careers. Freeman played for 13 seasons, including 12 as a defensive back with the Buffalo Bills from 1975–86. McKinnely played for seven seasons on the offensive line from 1976–82, including five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons from 1976–80.

The following is the complete 2017 NFL roster of officials, including crew assignments, which may change during the season due to injury, schedule conflicts, etc.:

No.

Name

Pos.

College

Crew

NFL Experience

(including 2017)

122

Brad Allen

R

Pembroke State

Allen

4

20

Barry Anderson

U

North Carolina State

Wrolstad

11

66

Walt Anderson

R

Texas

Anderson

22

108

Gary Arthur

LJ

Wright State

Steratore

21

72

Michael Banks

FJ

Illinois State

McAulay

16

56

Allen Baynes

SJ

Auburn

Hussey

10

59

Rusty Baynes

LJ

Auburn-Montgomery

Hochuli

8

32

Jeff Bergman

DJ

Robert Morris

Triplette

26

91

Jerry Bergman

DJ

Robert Morris

McAulay

16

34

Clete Blakeman

R

Nebraska

Blakeman

10

23

Jerome Boger

R

Morehouse

Boger

14

40

Brian Bolinger

LJ

Indiana State

Allen

1

18

Byron Boston

LJ

Austin

Anderson

23

74

Derick Bowers

DJ

East Central

Coleman

15

98

Greg Bradley

DJ

Tennessee

Hochuli

9

43

Terry Brown

SJ*

Tennessee

Triplette

12

11

Fred Bryan

U

Northern Iowa

Allen

9

86

Jimmy Buchanan

FJ

South Carolina State

Hussey

9

134

Ed Camp

DJ

William Paterson

Boger

18

63

Mike Carr

LJ

Wisconsin

Boger

1

60

Gary Cavaletto

SJ

Hancock

Vinovich

15

41

Boris Cheek

SJ

Morgan State

Morelli

22

51

Carl Cheffers

R

California-Irvine

Cheffers

18

16

Kevin Codey

LJ

Western New England

Coleman

3

95

James Coleman

SJ

Arkansas

Coleman

13

65

Walt Coleman

R

Arkansas

Coleman

29

87

Walt Coleman IV

SJ

Southern Methodist

Boger

3

99

Tony Corrente

R

Cal State-Fullerton

Corrente

23

94

Hugo Cruz

DJ

Texas-Pan American

Blakeman

3

25

Ryan Dickson

SJ

Utah

Corrente

1

27

Lee Dyer

BJ

Tennessee-Chattanooga

Wrolstad

15

76

Alan Eck

U*

Bloomsburg

Corrente

2

3

Scott Edwards

SJ*

Alabama

Torbert

19

81

Roy Ellison

U

Savannah State

Steratore

15

61

Keith Ferguson

BJ

San Jose State

Hussey

18

64

Dan Ferrell

U

Cal State-Fullerton

 

15

71

Ruben Fowler

U

Huston-Tillotson

Triplette

12

88

Brad Freeman

SJ*

Mississippi State

Cheffers

4

133

Steve Freeman

BJ

Mississippi State

Triplette

17

80

Greg Gautreaux

FJ*

S.W. Louisiana

Triplette

16

128

Ramon George

U

Lenoir-Rhyne

Blakeman

2

103

Eugene Hall

FJ

North Texas

Boger

4

49

Rich Hall

U

Arizona

Boger

14

125

Laird Hayes

SJ

Princeton

Anderson

23

93

Scott Helverson

BJ

Iowa

Hochuli

15

29

Adrian Hill

SJ*

Buffalo

Steratore

8

97

Tom Hill

FJ

Carson Newman

Allen

19

28

Mark Hittner

DJ

Pittsburg State

Wrolstad

21

85

Ed Hochuli

R

Texas-El Paso

Hochuli

28

83

Shawn Hochuli

BJ

Claremont

Allen

4

82

Buddy Horton

FJ

Oregon State

Corrente

19

37

Jim Howey

DJ/LJ

Erskine

 

19

35

John Hussey

R

Idaho State

Hussey

16

117

John Jenkins

FJ

St. Mary's

Anderson

4

101

Carl Johnson

LJ

Nicholls State

McAulay

14

55

Alex Kemp

SJ

Central Michigan

Hochuli

4

121

Paul King

U

Nicholls State

Torbert

9

21

Jeff Lamberth

SJ

Texas A&M

Wrolstad

16

73

Joe Larrew

FJ*

St. Louis

Blakeman

16

2

Bart Longson

LJ

Brigham Young

Corrente

3

89

Jon Lucivansky

FJ

Minnesota

Vinovich

9

10

Julian Mapp

LJ

Grambling State

Wrolstad

9

107

Ron Marinucci

LJ

Glassboro State

Hussey

21

19

Clay Martin

U

Oklahoma Baptist

Cheffers

3

39

Rich Martinez

BJ

Canisius

McAulay

4

77

Terry McAulay

R

Louisiana State

McAulay

20

8

Dana McKenzie

LJ

Toledo

Blakeman

10

110

Phil McKinnely

DJ

UCLA

Vinovich

16

48

Jim Mello

DJ

Northeastern

Allen

14

118

Dave Meslow

FJ*

Augsburg

Parry

7

78

Greg Meyer

BJ

Texas Christian

Vinovich

16

115

Tony Michalek

U

Indiana

Hussey

16

111

Terrence Miles

BJ

Arizona State

Coleman

10

120

Jonah Monroe

SJ

Arkansas

McAulay

3

135

Pete Morelli

R

St. Mary's

Morelli

21

92

Bryan Neale

U

Indiana

Morelli

4

1

Scott Novak

FJ*

Phoenix

Coleman

4

24

David Oliver

DJ

Baker

Steratore

1

124

Carl Paganelli

U

Michigan State

Anderson

19

105

Dino Paganelli

BJ

Aquinas

Steratore

12

46

Perry Paganelli

BJ

Hope

Parry

20

132

John Parry

R

Purdue

Parry

18

17

Steve Patrick

BJ

Jacksonville State

Blakeman

4

15

Rick Patterson

FJ/SJ

Wofford

 

22

79

Kent Payne

LJ*

Nebraska Wesleyan

Cheffers

14

131

Mark Pellis

U

Allegheny

Parry

4

9

Mark Perlman

LJ

Salem

Vinovich

17

6

Jerod Phillips

DJ

Northeastern State

Anderson

2

47

Tim Podraza

LJ

Nebraska

Morelli

10

109

Dyrol Prioleau

SJ

Johnson C. Smith

Blakeman

11

30

Todd Prukop

BJ

Cal State-Fullerton

Corrente

9

5

Jim Quirk

BJ

Middlebury

Cheffers

8

44

Jeff Rice

U

Northwestern

Coleman

23

31

Mearl Robinson

FJ

Air Force

Cheffers

1

126

Brad Rogers

FJ

Lubbock Christian

Morelli

1

50

Aaron Santi

FJ

Southern Oregon

Torbert

3

129

Bill Schuster

U

Alfred

 

18

45

Jeff Seeman

LJ

Minnesota

Parry

16

104

Dale Shaw

FJ

Allegheny

Hochuli

5

113

Danny Short

LJ

North Carolina-Charlotte

Triplette

1

14

Shawn Smith

U

Ferris State

Hochuli

3

90

Mike Spanier

DJ

St. Cloud State

Parry

19

12

Greg Steed

BJ

Howard

Morelli

15

84

Mark Steinkerchner

LJ

Akron

Torbert

24

22

Steve Stelljes

DJ

Friends

Morelli

16

68

Tom Stephan

DJ/LJ

Pittsburg State

 

19

114

Gene Steratore

R

Kent State

Steratore

15

112

Tony Steratore

BJ

California, Pa.

Boger

18

102

Bruce Stritesky

U

Embry Riddle

Vinovich

12

100

Tom Symonette

DJ*

Florida

Cheffers

14

53

Sarah Thomas

DJ*

Mobile

Torbert

3

62

Ron Torbert

R

Michigan State

Torbert

8

42

Jeff Triplette

R

Wake Forest

Triplette

22

13

Patrick Turner

DJ

Cal State-Long Beach

Corrente

4

52

Bill Vinovich

R

San Diego

Vinovich

13

123

Ed Walker

DJ

San Jose State

Hussey

4

26

Jabir Walker

SJ

Murray State

Allen

3

7

Keith Washington

SJ

Virginia Military Institute

Parry

10

116

Mike Weatherford

FJ

Oklahoma State

Steratore

16

119

Greg Wilson

BJ

USC

Anderson

10

54

Steve Woods

U

Wabash

McAulay

1

4

Craig Wrolstad

R

Washington

Wrolstad

15

38

Greg Yette

BJ

Howard

Torbert

8

33

Steve Zimmer

FJ

Hofstra

Wrolstad

21

*Denotes new position for 2017

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