NFL Hires 21 Full-Time Game Officials

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NFL Hires 21 Full-Time Game Officials

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NFL HIRES 21 FULL-TIME GAME OFFICIALS

The NFL has hired 21 full-time game officials from among the current 124-person roster of officials, the NFL and NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) jointly announced today.

 

The 21 full-time officials come from all seven on-field officiating positions and represent a collaborative initiative intended to promote the common goal of improving every aspect of NFL officiating.

 

In an effort to improve consistency, efficiency and accuracy, the full-time game officials will work throughout the calendar year on game preparation and game administration, analyzing current game trends, communicating with the officiating roster, and assisting to ensure that there is a qualified pipeline of future officials through scouting efforts.

 

“We believe that we will learn a great deal over the course of this initial year working with the full-time game officials,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating ALBERTO RIVERON.  “Our collective goal is to make a positive impact on NFL officiating overall.” 

 

“We are supportive of providing our members the opportunity to voluntarily commit additional time to NFL officiating, especially in the offseason,” said NFLRA Executive Director SCOTT GREEN. “This initiative is the result of extensive discussion and planning, and the NFLRA looks forward to working with the NFL to test and evaluate this new approach over the next year.”

 

The NFL and NFLRA agreed to experiment with full-time officials as part of the last Collective Bargaining Agreement before last month announcing the intention to hire full-time game officials for the 2017 season.​

 

A look at the 21 full-time officials by position:

 

No.

Name

Pos.

College

NFL Experience

(including 2017)

122

Brad Allen

Referee

Pembroke State

4

66

Walt Anderson

Referee

Texas

22

23

Jerome Boger

Referee

Morehouse

14

135

Pete Morelli

Referee

St. Mary's

21

20

Barry Anderson

Umpire

North Carolina State

11

64

Dan Ferrell

Umpire

Cal State-Fullerton

15

129

Bill Schuster

Umpire

Alfred

18

74

Derick Bowers

Down Judge

East Central

15

134

Ed Camp

Down Judge

William Paterson

18

59

Rusty Baynes

Line Judge

Auburn-Montgomery

8

10

Julian Mapp

Line Judge

Grambling State

9

9

Mark Perlman

Line Judge

Salem

17

84

Mark Steinkerchner

Line Judge

Akron

24

97

Tom Hill

Field Judge

Carson Newman

19

33

Steve Zimmer

Field Judge

Hofstra

21

41

Boris Cheek

Side Judge

Morgan State

22

120

Jonah Monroe

Side Judge

Arkansas

3

133

Steve Freeman

Back Judge

Mississippi State

17

93

Scott Helverson

Back Judge

Iowa

15

111

Terrence Miles

Back Judge

Arizona State

10

12

Greg Steed

Back Judge

Howard

15​


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