2004 NFL season

The 2004 NFL season was the 85th regular season of the National Football League.

With the New England Patriots as the defending league champions, regular season play was held from September 9, 2004 to January 2, 2005. Hurricanes forced the rescheduling of two Miami Dolphins home games: the game against the Tennessee Titans was moved up one day to Saturday, September 11 to avoid oncoming Hurricane Ivan, while the game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, September 26 was moved back 7½ hours to miss the eye of Hurricane Jeanne.

The playoffs began on January 8, and eventually New England repeated as NFL champions when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24–21 in Super Bowl XXXIX, the Super Bowl championship game, at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida on February 6.

2004 National Football League season
Regular season
DurationSeptember 9, 2004 – January 2, 2005
Playoffs
Start dateJanuary 8, 2005
AFC ChampionsNew England Patriots
NFC ChampionsPhiladelphia Eagles
Super Bowl XXXIX
DateFebruary 6, 2005
SiteALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida
ChampionsNew England Patriots
Pro Bowl
DateFebruary 13, 2005
SiteAloha Stadium

Major rule changes

  • Due to several incidents during the 2003 NFL season, officials are authorized to penalize excessive celebration. The 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty will be marked off from the spot at the end of the previous play or, after a score, on the ensuing kickoff. If the infraction is ruled flagrant by the officials, the player(s) are ejected.
  • Due to several instances in one game (NE vs. IND) during the 2003–04 playoffs, officials are instructed to strictly enforce illegal contact, pass interference, and defensive holding.
  • Timeouts can be called by head coaches.
  • In addition to the numbers 80–89, wide receivers will now be allowed to use numbers 10–19.
  • A punt or missed field goal that is untouched by the receiving team is immediately dead once it touches either the end zone or any member of the kicking team in the end zone. Previously, a punt or missed field goal that lands in the end zone before being controlled by the kicking team could be picked up by a member of the receiving team and immediately run the other way.
  • Teams will be awarded a third instant replay challenge if their first two are successful. Previously, teams were only limited to two regardless of what occurred during the game.
  • The one-bar facemask was officially outlawed. The few remaining players who still used the one-bar facemask at the time were allowed to continue to use the style until they left the league under a grandfather clause.

Referee changes

Ron Blum returned to line judge, and Bill Vinovich was promoted to take his place as referee.

Midway through the season, Johnny Grier suffered a leg injury that forced him to retire. He was permanently replaced by the back judge on his crew, Scott Green, who had previous experience as a referee in NFL Europe.

New uniforms

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The NFC West champions Seattle on offense against San Francisco, week 3
  • Jacksonville Jaguars – New road uniforms. White uniforms, black numbers with gold and teal trim. New black pants with Jaguars logo on hip.
  • New York Giants – Added third alternative uniforms. Red.
  • Chicago Bears – Added third alternative uniforms. Orange.

Stadium changes

Metrodome, Minnesota VikingsAstroTurf was replaced with a new FieldTurf field

Coaching changes

Final regular season standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) New England Patriots 14 2 0 .875 5–1 10–2 437 260 W2
(5) New York Jets 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 333 261 L2
Buffalo Bills 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 395 284 L1
Miami Dolphins 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 275 354 L1
AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Pittsburgh Steelers 15 1 0 .938 5–1 11–1 372 251 W14
Baltimore Ravens 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 317 268 W1
Cincinnati Bengals 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 374 372 W2
Cleveland Browns 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 276 390 W1
AFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Indianapolis Colts 12 4 0 .750 5–1 8–4 522 351 L1
Jacksonville Jaguars 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 261 280 W1
Houston Texans 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 309 339 L1
Tennessee Titans 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 344 439 W1
AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) San Diego Chargers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 446 313 W1
(6) Denver Broncos 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 381 304 W2
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 483 435 L1
Oakland Raiders 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 320 422 L2
NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Philadelphia Eagles 13 3 0 .813 6–0 11–1 386 260 L2
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 303 347 W1
Dallas Cowboys 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 293 405 L1
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 1–5 6–6 240 265 W1
NFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Green Bay Packers 10 6 0 .625 5–1 9–3 424 380 W2
(6) Minnesota Vikings 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 405 395 L2
Detroit Lions 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 296 350 L1
Chicago Bears 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 231 331 L4
NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Atlanta Falcons 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 340 337 L2
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 348 405 W4
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 335 339 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 301 304 L4
NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 3–3 8–4 371 373 W2
(5) St. Louis Rams 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 319 392 W2
Arizona Cardinals 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 284 322 W1
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 259 452 L3

Tiebreakers

  • Indianapolis clinched the AFC #3 seed instead of San Diego based on better head-to-head record (1–0).
  • N.Y. Jets clinched the AFC #5 seed instead of Denver based on better record in common games (5–0 to 3–2).
  • St. Louis clinched the NFC #5 seed instead of Minnesota or New Orleans based on better conference record (7–5 to Minnesota's 5–7 to New Orleans' 6–6).
  • Minnesota clinched the NFC #6 seed instead of New Orleans based on better head-to-head record (1–0).
  • N.Y. Giants finished ahead of Dallas and Washington in the NFC East based on better head-to-head record (3–1 to Dallas' 2–2 to Washington's 1–3).
  • Dallas finished ahead of Washington in the NFC East based on better head-to-head record (2–0).

Playoffs

Within each conference, the four division winners and the two wild card teams (the top two non-division winners with the best overall regular season records) qualified for the playoffs. The four division winners are seeded 1 through 4 based on their overall won-lost-tied record, and the wild card teams are seeded 5 and 6. The NFL does not use a fixed bracket playoff system, and there are no restrictions regarding teams from the same division matching up in any round. In the first round, dubbed the wild-card playoffs or wild-card weekend, the third-seeded division winner hosts the sixth seed wild card, and the fourth seed hosts the fifth. The 1 and 2 seeds from each conference then receive a bye in the first round. In the second round, the divisional playoffs, the number 1 seed hosts the worst surviving seed from the first round (seed 4, 5 or 6), while the number 2 seed will play the other team (seed 3, 4 or 5). The two surviving teams from each conference's divisional playoff games then meet in the respective AFC and NFC Conference Championship games, hosted by the higher seed. Although the Super Bowl, the fourth and final round of the playoffs, is played at a neutral site, the designated home team is based on an annual rotation by conference.

Playoff seeds
Seed AFC NFC
1 Pittsburgh Steelers (North winner) Philadelphia Eagles (East winner)
2 New England Patriots (East winner) Atlanta Falcons (South winner)
3 Indianapolis Colts (South winner) Green Bay Packers (North winner)
4 San Diego Chargers (West winner) Seattle Seahawks (West winner)
5 New York Jets (wild card) St. Louis Rams (wild card)
6 Denver Broncos (wild card) Minnesota Vikings (wild card)


The Miami Dolphins were the first team to be eliminated from the playoff race, having reached a 1–9 record by week 11.[1]

Bracket

                                   
Jan. 9 – RCA Dome   Jan. 16 – Gillette Stadium          
 6  Denver  24
 3  Indianapolis  3
 3  Indianapolis  49     Jan. 23 – Heinz Field
 2  New England  20  
AFC
Jan. 8 – Qualcomm Stadium  2  New England  41
Jan. 15 – Heinz Field
   1  Pittsburgh  27  
 5  NY Jets  20* AFC Championship
 5  NY Jets  17
 4  San Diego  17   Feb. 6 – Alltel Stadium
 1  Pittsburgh  20*  
Wild card playoffs  
Divisional playoffs
Jan. 8 – Qwest Field  A2  New England  24
Jan. 15 – Georgia Dome
   N1  Philadelphia  21
 5  St. Louis  27 Super Bowl XXXIX
 5  St. Louis  17
 4  Seattle  20     Jan. 23 – Lincoln Financial Field
 2  Atlanta  47  
NFC
Jan. 9 – Lambeau Field  2  Atlanta  10
Jan. 16 – Lincoln Financial Field
   1  Philadelphia  27  
 6  Minnesota  31 NFC Championship
 6  Minnesota  14
 3  Green Bay  17  
 1  Philadelphia  27  
* Indicates overtime victory

Milestones

The following teams and players set all-time NFL records during the season:

Record Player/Team Date/Opponent Previous Record Holder[2]
Longest Interception Return Ed Reed, Baltimore (106 yards) November 7, at Cleveland Tied by 2 players (103)
Most Touchdown Passes, Season Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (49) N/A Dan Marino, Miami, 1984 (48)
Highest Passer Rating, Season Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (121.1) Steve Young, San Francisco, 1994 (112.8)
Most Interception Return Yards Gained, Season Ed Reed, Baltimore (358) Charlie McNeil, San Diego, 1961 (349)
Most First Downs by a Team, Season Kansas City (398) Miami, 1994 (387)
Most Consecutive Games Won New England (21) October 24, vs. N.Y. Jets Chicago, 1933–34 (17)
Most Passing Touchdowns by a Team, Season Indianapolis (51) N/A Miami, 1984 (49)

The Colts led the NFL with 522 points scored. The Colts tallied more points in the first half of each of their games of the 2004 NFL season (277 points) than seven other NFL teams managed in the entire season.[3] Despite throwing for 49 touchdown passes, Peyton Manning attempted fewer than 500 passes for the first time in his NFL career.[4] The San Francisco 49ers record 420 consecutive scoring games that had started in Week 5 of the 1977 season ended in Week 2 of the season.

Statistical leaders

Team

Points scored Indianapolis Colts (522)
Total yards gained Kansas City Chiefs (6,695)
Yards rushing Atlanta Falcons (2,672)
Yards passing Indianapolis Colts (4,623)
Fewest points allowed Pittsburgh Steelers (251)
Fewest total yards allowed Pittsburgh Steelers (4,134)
Fewest rushing yards allowed Pittsburgh Steelers (1,299)
Fewest passing yards allowed Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2,579)
November 1 2004 MNF Jets Dolphins NFL 1
Playoff chasers the New York Jets against Miami in 2004, week 8 MNF

Individual

Scoring Adam Vinatieri, New England (141 points)
Touchdowns Shaun Alexander, Seattle (20 TDs)
Most field goals made Adam Vinatieri, New England (31 FGs)
Passing Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota (4717 yards)
Passing Touchdowns Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (49 TDs)
Passer Rating Peyton Manning, Indianapolis (121.1 rating)
Rushing Curtis Martin, New York Jets (1,697 yards)
Rushing Touchdowns LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego (17 TDs)
Receptions Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City (102)
Receiving yards Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina (1,405)
Punt returns Eddie Drummond, Detroit (13.2 average yards)
Kickoff returns Willie Ponder, New York Giants (26.9 average yards)
Interceptions Ed Reed, Baltimore (9)
Punting Shane Lechler, Oakland (46.7 average yards)
Sacks Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis (16)

Awards

Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Indianapolis
Coach of the Year Marty Schottenheimer, San Diego
Offensive Player of the Year Peyton Manning, Quarterback, Indianapolis
Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed, Safety, Baltimore
Offensive Rookie of the Year Ben Roethlisberger, Quarterback, Pittsburgh
Defensive Rookie of the Year Jonathan Vilma, Linebacker, New York Jets
NFL Comeback Player of the Year Drew Brees, Quarterback, San Diego
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Warrick Dunn, Running Back, Atlanta
Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Deion Branch, Wide Receiver, New England

Draft

The 2004 NFL Draft was held from April 24 to 25, 2004 at New York City's Theater at Madison Square Garden. With the first pick, the San Diego Chargers selected quarterback Eli Manning from the University of Mississippi.

Notes

  1. ^ "An 0–10 start will do that to you". USA Today.
  2. ^ "Records". 2005 NFL Record and Fact Book. NFL. 2005. ISBN 978-1-932994-36-0.
  3. ^ Numbelivable!, p.35, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
  4. ^ Numbelivable!, p.146, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0

External links

References

1995 San Diego Chargers season

The 1995 San Diego Chargers season was the team's 36th, its 26th in the National Football League (NFL), and its 34th in San Diego.

The season began with the team as reigning AFC champions and trying to improve on their 11–5 record in 1994. After starting 4-7, the Chargers won their final five games to get into the playoffs. It ended in the first round with a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

That game would mark the last time the Chargers would make the playoffs until the 2004 NFL season.

2004 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2004 Indianapolis Colts season was the 52nd season for the team in the National Football League and 21st in Indianapolis. The 2004 Colts season began with the team trying to maintain or improve on their 12–4 record from 2003, and advance farther into the playoffs. The Colts finished the season 12–4, and defeated the Denver Broncos for the second straight time in the playoffs, but they were halted in the Divisional round by the defending and eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Peyton Manning had one of the best seasons ever by an NFL quarterback, throwing 49 touchdown passes and breaking the previous record of 48 held by Dan Marino. At season's end, Peyton Manning was named the NFL MVP. For the season the Colts set an NFL record with 51 total touchdown passes. The Colts led the NFL with 522 points scored. The Colts tallied more points in the first half of each of their games of the 2004 NFL season (277 points) than seven other NFL teams managed in the entire season.Despite throwing for 49 touchdown passes, Peyton Manning attempted fewer than 500 passes for the first time in his NFL career. Sports statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that Manning had the best-ever season by a quarterback, play-for-play, in 2004.The 2004 Colts are the only team in NFL history to convert five or more passing touchdowns in a game four different times during the regular season.

2004 New York Giants season

The 2004 NFL season was the 80th season for the New York Giants. After starting the season 5–2 the Giants lost 8 games in a row before winning the final game of the season to finish 6–10 and 2nd place in the NFC East.

2004 Seattle Seahawks season

The 2004 Seattle Seahawks season was the franchise's 29th season in the National Football League, The thrid season in Qwest Field and the fifth under head coach Mike Holmgren. Finishing the season at 9-7, the Seahawks were unable to replicate the year they had prior.

In the Wildcard round, the Seahawks faced off against divisional rival St. Louis Rams, who swept them 2–0 in the regular season. Seattle looked to avenge on their two losses, but it was too late as Matt Hasselbeck's game-tying drive to Bobby Engram was incomplete, leading Hasselbeck to his knees and punch the turf in frustration. The Seahawks would go on to lose 20–27. The Rams, despite a mediocre 8-8 record, advanced to the Divisional Round the following week, only to lose to Michael Vick's Atlanta Falcons in a 17–47 blowout.

On October 20, 2004, the Seahawks traded a conditional 2005 7th round pick (condition failed) to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for Jerry Rice.

Adewale Ogunleye

Adewale Ogunleye (; born August 9, 1977) is a former American football defensive end who played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2000 and also played for the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans. He played college football at Indiana.

Bill Vinovich

William Vinovich III is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) from 2001 to 2006 and since 2012, as well as a college basketball official.

Boger

Boger or Böger is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Dale L. Boger (born 1953), medicinal and organic chemist, chair of the Department of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA

David Boger FRS (born 1939, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania), Australian chemical engineer

Haim Boger (1876–1963), Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for the General Zionists between 1951 and 1955

Jerome Boger (born 1955), American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2004 NFL season

Luciano Durán Böger (1904–1996), Bolivian poet, writer and politician

Stefan Böger (born 1966), German football coach and a former player who currently manages Hallescher FC. Honours

Tra Boger (born 1983), defensive back for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League

Wilhelm Boger (1906–1977), German police commissioner and concentration camp overseer known as "The Tiger of Auschwitz"

William Otway Boger (1895-1918), World War I flying ace credited with five victories

Dean Pees

Russell Dean Pees (born September 4, 1949) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). Pees previously served as the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots of the National Football League, as well as the head football coach at Kent State University from 1998 to 2003, compiling a record of 17–51.

Derrin Horton

Derrin Horton is an American sportscaster based in Los Angeles, California.

Horton joined NFL Network at the start of the 2004 NFL season where he currently serves as an anchor, reporter and host. Horton provides in-depth interviews, post-game reports, and sideline reports for the Network. He also serves as the host and narrator for the Network's documentary series NFL Top 10.

Before working for NFL Network, Horton was a sportscaster for KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. This was before the CBS Corporation duopoly started and KCAL and KCBS consolidated their on-air and production teams.

Horton has also been a play-by-play announcer and anchor for ESPN and Fox Sports Net. He is a native of Queens, New York.

Derrin was also on an episode of Spike TV's Pros VS. Joes, in which he lost in overtime to Sal Masekela. Derrin went to Syracuse University.

He is now Sports Director for KTLA to replace former sports director Damon Andrews.

Eric Warfield

Eric Andrew Warfield (born March 3, 1976) is a former professional football cornerback. He was drafted by the Chiefs in the seventh round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska. Warfield also spent a portion of the 2006 offseason with the New England Patriots.

History of Los Angeles Chargers head coaches

Sid Gillman coached the Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers to five Western Division titles and one league championship in the first six years of the league's existence.

His greatest coaching success came after he was persuaded by Barron Hilton, then the Chargers' majority owner, to become the head coach of the American Football League franchise he planned to operate in Los Angeles. When the team's general manager, Frank Leahy, became ill during the Chargers' founding season, Gillman took on additional responsibilities as general manager.

As the first coach of the Chargers, Gillman gave the team a personality that matched his own. Gillman's concepts formed the foundation of the so-called "West Coast offense" that pro football teams are still using.

He coached the Los Angeles and San Diego Chargers to five Western Division titles and one league championship in the first six years of the league's existence.

He played college football at Ohio State University under legendary coach Francis "Shut the Gates of Mercy" Schmidt, forming the basis of his "West Coast offense." The term "West Coast Offense," as it is now commonly used, derives from a 1993 Bernie Kosar quote, publicized by Sports Illustrated writer Paul Zimmerman (or "Dr. Z"). Originally the term referred to the "Air Coryell" system used by two west coast teams beginning in the 1970s, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. However, a reporter mistakenly applied Kosar's quote about the Air Coryell system to the 1980s-era attack of Walsh's San Francisco 49ers. Initially, Walsh resisted having the term misapplied to his own distinct system, but the moniker stuck. Now the term is also commonly used to refer to pass-offenses that may not be closely related to either the Air Coryell system or Walsh's pass-strategy.

Don Coryell coached the San Diego Chargers from 1978 to 1986. He is well known for his innovations to football's passing offense. Coryell's offense today is commonly known as "Air Coryell". However, the Charger offense lacked the ability to control the clock, resulting in their defense spending too much time on the field. As a result, they fell short of getting to the Super Bowl. He was inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in 1986. Coryell is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He did not use a playbook.

Al Saunders was the coach for the Chargers from 1986 to 1988 and became a citizen of the United States in 1960, one of the four foreign-born coaches in the NFL. In college played Defensive Back and Wide Receiver for the Spartans of San Jose State University (SJSU) from 1966 to 1968 where he was a three-year starter, team captain, and an Academic All-American.

In the 1970s, Al Saunders joined the coaching staff at USC and San Diego State University (SDSU), whose SDSU Aztecs were then under the control of Head Coach Don Coryell. Saunders would go with Coryell to NFL when Coryell became the head coach of the San Diego Chargers.

Statistics correct as of December 30, 2007, after the end of the 2007 NFL season.

Bobby Ross coached the Chargers from 1992 to 1996, and is the only coach to win awards while coaching the Chargers. In 1992, Ross won the Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year, the Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year and the UPI NFL Coach of the Year. The Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year is presented annually by various news and sports organizations to the National Football League (NFL) head coach who has done the most outstanding job of working with the talent he has at his disposal. The Maxwell Football Club NFL Coach of the Year was created in 1989 and is originally titled the Earle "Greasy" Neale Award for Professional Coach of the Year. The United Press International (UPI) NFL Coach of the Year award was first presented in 1955. Before the AFL-NFL merger, an award was also given to the most outstanding coach from the AFL. When the leagues merged in 1970, separate awards were given to the best coaches from the AFC and NFC conferences. The UPI discontinued the awards after 1996.

The San Diego Chargers hired Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach on January 29, 2002. Schottenheimer posted a 47–33 record (.588) with the Chargers. His success did not come immediately, as the team posted a 4–12 record in 2003, thereby "earning" the first overall pick in the draft (this was the last time that a team with the worst record in the NFL kept its head coach the following season, even considering the three other 4–12 teams that season replaced their head coaches, Oakland, Arizona, and the New York Giants hiring Norv Turner, Dennis Green, and Tom Coughlin, respectively). He was named NFL Coach Of The Year for the 2004 NFL season. Schottenheimer led the team to two playoff appearances, his 17th and 18th as a head coach. However, both appearances resulted in disappointing losses to the underdog New York Jets in overtime in 2005 and the New England Patriots in 2007, bringing his playoff record to 5–13. Schottenheimer was abruptly fired by San Diego on February 12, 2007. Schottenheimer was fired because of a strained relationship with general manager A.J. Smith, which reached a breaking point when four assistants (Cam Cameron, Wade Phillips, Rob Chudzinski and Greg Manusky) left for positions with other teams.There have only been four coaches to lead the team into the playoffs. Bobby Ross holds the best record percentage wise in the playoffs. Norv Turner holds the best regular season coaching record, with 0.640, followed by Hall of Famer Sid Gillman with 0.608. Ron Waller holds the worst regular season record, winning just one out of the six games he coached.

Jerome Boger

Jerome Leonard Boger ( BOH-gər; born 1955) is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2004 NFL season. He wears uniform number 23 since 2006; before that, he wore uniform number 109. He started in the league as a line judge and was promoted to referee in 2006 after two seasons. Along with Gene Steratore, he was one of two new referees for 2006, replacing retired officials Bernie Kukar and Tom White. Boger became the third African-American referee in the NFL after Johnny Grier (1988), who previously wore uniform number 23, and Mike Carey (1995).

Jim Bates (American football)

Jim Bates (born May 31, 1946) is a former American football coach in the National Football League, most recently serving as defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He primarily ran a 4-3 scheme, using fast, undersized linebackers. Bates served as interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins during the 2004 NFL season.

Johnny Grier

Johnny Grier (born c. 1947) is a former American football official for 23 years in the National Football League (NFL) from 1981 to 2004. He began in the NFL as a field judge before becoming the first African-American referee in the history of the NFL with the start of the 1988 NFL season. Grier has officiated in one Super Bowl, Super Bowl XXII in 1988, which was his last game as a field judge and the same game in which Doug Williams became the first African-American quarterback to win the Super Bowl. On the field, he wore uniform number 23, which is now worn by Jerome Boger, another African-American referee.

Grier attended college at the University of the District of Columbia.Grier began officiating football at age 18 and started as a high school football official in 1965, later moved on to college football in 1972, and eventually the NFL in 1981. His career ended abruptly during the 2004 NFL season when he was forced to retire due to a leg injury suffered during a series of games. He was replaced by the back judge on his crew, Scott Green, who had previous experience as a referee in NFL Europe.

Grier now serves as an officiating supervisor for the NFL and previously served as Supervisor of Football Officials for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

Mark Fields (American football)

Mark Anthony Fields (born November 9, 1972) is a former American football linebacker of the National Football League.

Rodney Hampton

Rodney Craig Hampton (born April 3, 1969) is a former professional American football player who was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round of the 1990 NFL Draft. He was a starting running back for the 1990 New York Giants who finished the year at 13-3 during the regular season while winning Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991.

Ron Blum

Ron Blum is a former American football official in the National Football League (NFL), having served in that role from the 1985 NFL season through the 2007 NFL season. He joined the league as a line judge, officiating Super Bowl XXIV in 1990 and Super Bowl XXVI in 1992 and later became a referee for the start of the 1993 NFL season, replacing retired legend Pat Haggerty. Blum moved back to line judge beginning with the 2004 NFL season, and worked his last four seasons on the crew of referee Tony Corrente.

Blum wore the uniform number 83 from the 1985 to 1992 seasons and the number 7 from 1993 through 2007. He was the first non-referee to wear the uniform number 7; the number belonged to long-time referees Tommy Bell and, later, Fred Silva before Blum assumed it upon his promotion to crew chief. Side judge Keith Washington took the number upon Blum's retirement.

In the offseason, Blum is a golf professional. For a number of years in the 1960s and 1970s, he was the head golf pro at the Sonoma National Golf Course in Sonoma County, California.[1]

Blum was the referee for the San Diego Chargers' 27–17 victory over the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 23, 1995. The contest was notable because both teams, the game officials and other field-level personnel spent the entire second half dodging snowballs hurled by unruly fans. A few such projectiles hit Blum's legs. When he picked up a telephone on the Chargers' sidelines to make a call to request that a verbal warning to the crowd be made over the public address system, a snowball narrowly missed hitting him. Instead it struck Chargers equipment manager Sid Brooks, who was knocked unconscious and had to be removed from the sidelines on a stretcher.

Tim Bowens

Timothy L. Bowens (born February 7, 1973) is an athlete and former American football defensive tackle who played 11 seasons for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Mississippi, and was chosen with the 20th pick of the 1994 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins were initially criticized for picking Bowens, as he was overweight and had played only nine games in his college career at Mississippi. He had a terrific rookie season in 1994, and Bowens was named 'The NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year' by the Associated Press. He played with the Miami Dolphins for 11 years before he retired after the 2004 NFL season.

Tra Boger

Trawick Jerome "Tra" Boger (born June 25, 1983) is an American former defensive back who played in the Canadian Football League (CFL), and was briefly with two National Football League (NFL) teams.

Boger graduated from Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur, Georgia, and then played college football for Tulane. He was a medical redshirt during the 2004 season when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second week of the season. He received a degree in media arts in 2006. He was not selected in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Boger signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent on May 5, 2006, but was released from the team on September 2, 2006, after failing to make the final roster. He was signed to a contract by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on January 9, 2007, and released during training camp. He signed as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts on April 28, 2008.Tra's father, Jerome Boger, is a game official in the NFL since the start of the 2004 NFL season. As of the 2016 college football season, Tra Boger is officiating SEC games as a center judge.

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