List of National Football League officials

This article is a list of American football officials who have experience working National Football League (NFL) games.

Note: Years listed refer to season the official began or ended career in the NFL. Note also that at the start of the 1998 season, the NFL switched position titles of Back Judge and Field Judge. Prior to 1998, the Field Judge was the deep official in the center of the field, and the Back Judge was deep on the sideline.

A

B

  • Mark Baltz (1989–2013) Head Linesman
  • Michael Banks (2002–present) Side Judge 2002–2014; Field Judge 2015–present
  • Tom Barnes (19862012) Line Judge
  • Gene Barth (19711990) Line Judge 1971–75; Referee 1976–90
  • Allen Baynes (2008–present) Side Judge
  • Ron Baynes (1987–2000) Side Judge 1987; Line Judge 1988–2000
  • Rusty Baynes (2010–present) Line Judge
  • Tommy Bell (19621976) Referee
  • Jeff Bergman (1991–present) Line Judge 1991–2015; Head Linesman 2016–present
  • Jerry Bergman (19661995) Head Linesman
  • Jerry Bergman Jr. (2002–present) Head Linesman
  • Clete Blakeman (2008–present) Field Judge 2008–2009; Referee 2010–present
  • Ron Blum (19852007) Line Judge 1985–1992, 2004–2007; Referee 1993–2003
  • Brian Bolinger (2017–present) Line Judge
  • Jerome Boger (2004–present) Line Judge 2004–2005; Referee 2006–present
  • Byron Boston (1995–present) Line Judge
  • Ron Botchan (19802001) Line Judge 1980; Umpire 1981–2001
  • Derick Bowers (2003–present) Line Judge 2003; Head Linesman 2004–present
  • Bob Boylston (19781998) Umpire
  • Greg Bradley (2009–present) Side Judge 2009; Head Linesman 2010–present
  • Chad Brown (19922014) Umpire; Author of Inside the Meat Grinder
  • Barry Brown (19661971) Umpire
  • Terry Brown (2006–present) Field Judge 2006–2016; Side Judge 2017–present
  • Bud Brubaker (19501969) Referee
  • Fred Bryan (2009–present) Umpire
  • Jimmy Buchanan (2009–present) Field Judge

C

  • Ed Camp (2000–present) Head Linesman
  • Don Carey (1995-2013) Field Judge 1995–1997; Back Judge 1998–2008, 2010–2013; Referee 2009
  • Mike Carey (19902013) Side Judge 1990–1994; Referee 1995–2013
  • Don Carlsen (19892012) Side Judge
  • Bill Carollo (19892008) Side Judge 1989–1996; Referee 1997–2008
  • Mike Carr (2017–present) Line Judge
  • Duke Carroll (1995-2008 [1]) Back Judge 1995–1997; Field Judge 1998–2008
  • Red Cashion (19721996) Line Judge 1972–1975; Referee 1976–1996
  • Gary Cavaletto (2003–present) Field Judge 2003–2014; Side Judge 2015–present
  • Boris Cheek (1996–present) Back Judge 1996–1997; Field Judge 1998–2010, 2012–2013, 2015; Side Judge 2011, 2014, 2016–present
  • Carl Cheffers (2000–present) Side Judge 2000–2007; Referee 2008–present
  • Kevin Codey (2015–present) Line Judge
  • James Coleman (2005–present) Side Judge 2005–2015, 2017–present; Field Judge 2016
  • Walt Coleman (1989–2018) Line Judge 1989–1994; Referee 1995–2018
  • Walt Coleman IV (2015–present) Side Judge
  • Al Conway (19691996) Umpire
  • Tony Corrente (1995–present) Back Judge 1995–1997; Referee 1998–present
  • Ed Coukart (19892005) Umpire
  • Hugo Cruz (2015–2018) Head Linesman - First official fired mid-season in the Super Bowl era [2]

D

E

  • Shannon Eastin (2012–present) GDA
  • Scott Edwards (1999–present) Field Judge 1999–2013; Side Judge 2014–present
  • George Ellis (19671973) Field Judge
  • Roy Ellison (2003–present) Umpire
  • Alan Eck (2016–present) Side Judge 2016; Umpire 2017–present

F

  • Keith Ferguson (2000–present) Back Judge
  • Dan Ferrell (2003–present) Umpire
  • Jack Fette (19671987) Line Judge
  • Tom Fincken (19842007) Side Judge
  • Ruben Fowler (2006–present) Umpire
  • Bob Frederic (19651987) Back Judge 1965–1970; Referee 1971–1987
  • Brad Freeman (2014–present) Field Judge 2014-2016; Side Judge 2017–present
  • Steve Freeman (2001–present) Field Judge 2001; Back Judge 2002–present
  • Dick Ferguson (19741985) Side Judge

G

H

  • Pat Haggerty (19651992) Line Judge, Referee
  • Don Hakes (19771998) Field Judge 1977–1997; Back Judge 1998
  • Eugene Hall (2014–present) Field Judge
  • Rich Hall (2004–present) Umpire
  • Jim Hamer (19471960) Referee
  • Dale Hamer (19781994; 19962001) Head Linesman 1978–1988, 1998–2001; Referee 1989–1994, 1996–1997 (On leave in 1995)
  • Dave Hamilton (19751994) Umpire
  • Butch Hannah (1999–present) Umpire
  • Dick Hantak (19782002) Line Judge 1978–1980; Back Judge 1981–1985; Referee 1986–2002
  • Pat Harder (19661982) Umpire
  • Laird Hayes (1995–present) Side Judge
  • George Hayward (19912015) Head Linesman
  • Chuck Heberling (19651986) Line Judge 1965–1971; Referee 1972–1986
  • Scott Helverson (2003–present) Back Judge
  • Tommy Hensley (19671987) Head Linesman 1967–1971; Umpire 1972–1987
  • Adrian Hill (2010–present) Line Judge 2010–2013; Field Judge 2014–2016; Side Judge 2017–2018; Referee 2019–present
  • Tom Hill (1999–present) Side Judge 1999–2015; Field Judge 2016–present
  • Mark Hittner (1997–present) Head Linesman
  • Ed Hochuli (19902017) Back Judge 1990–1991; Referee 1992–2017
  • Shawn Hochuli (2014–present) Side Judge 2014; Back Judge 2015–2017; Referee 2018–present
  • Art Holst (19661980) Line Judge, author of Sunday Zebras
  • Buddy Horton (1999–present) Back Judge 1999–2002; Field Judge 2003–present
  • Jim Howey (1999–present) Back Judge 1999–2008; Field Judge 2009–2011; Head Linesman 2012–present
  • John Hussey (2002–present) Line Judge 2002–2014; Referee 2015–present

J

K

L

  • Jeff Lamberth (2002–present) Field Judge 2002, 2013; Side Judge 2003–2012, 2014–present
  • Gary Lane (19821999) Side Judge 1982–1991, 1998–1999; Referee 1992–1997
  • Joe Larrew (2002–present) Side Judge 2002–2016; Field Judge 2017–present
  • Bob Lawing (19972009) Field Judge 1997; Back Judge 1998–2009
  • Bill Leavy (19952014) Field Judge 1995–1997; Back Judge 1998–2000; Referee 2001–2014
  • Cal Lepore (19661980) Head Linesman 1966–1973; Referee 1974–1980
  • Darryll Lewis (19972014) Line Judge
  • Bart Longson (2015–present) Line Judge
  • Dean Look (19722002) Line Judge 1972–1977; Side Judge 1978–2002
  • Bill Lovett (19902007) Back Judge 1990–1997; Field Judge 1998–2007
  • Jon Lucivansky (2009–present) Field Judge 2009–2014, 2017-present; Side Judge 2015–2016
  • Phil Luckett (19912007) Field Judge 1991–1996; Referee 1997–2000; Back Judge 2001–2005, 2007 (On leave for 2006 NFL season)

M

  • Wayne Mackie (2007–present) Head Linesman
  • Carl Madsen (19972008) Umpire
  • Ed Marion (19601987) Head Linesman
  • Ron Marinucci (Template:Fly-{nfly|2017}}) Line Judge
  • Jerry Markbreit (19761998) Line Judge 1976; Referee 1977–1998
  • Vern Marshall (19761988) Back Judge; Line Judge
  • Clay Martin (2015–present) Umpire 2015–2017; Referee 2018–Present
  • Julian Mapp (2009–present) Head Linesman 2009–2011; Line Judge 2012–present
  • Rich Martinez (2014–present) Back Judge
  • Terry McAulay (19982017) Side Judge 1998–2000; Referee 2001–2017
  • Gordon McCarter (19671995) Line Judge 1967–1973; Referee 1974–1995
  • Bob McElwee (19762002) Line Judge 1976–1979; Referee 1980–2002
  • John McGrath (2002–present) Head Linesman
  • Dana McKenzie (2008–present) Head Linesman 2008-2015; Line Judge 2016–present
  • Phil McKinnely (2002–present) Head Linesman
  • Art McNally (19591967) Field Judge; Referee; Director of Officiating 1968–1990; Assistant Supervisor of Officials 1996–present
  • Jim Mello (2004–present) Head Linesman
  • David Meslow (2011–present) Field Judge
  • Greg Meyer (2002–present) Field Judge 2002; Side Judge 2003–2015; Back Judge 2016–present
  • Tony Michalek (2002–present) Umpire
  • Terrence Miles (2008–present) Back Judge
  • Tim Millis (19882001) Back Judge 1988–1997; Field Judge 1998–2001
  • Jonah Monroe (2015–present) Side Judge
  • Ben Montgomery (19822003) Line Judge 1982–1983, 1992–2003; Umpire 1984–1991
  • Pete Morelli (1997–2018) Back Judge 1997; Field Judge 1998–2002; Referee 2003–2018
  • Joe Muha (19561971) Umpire

N

  • Bryan Neale (2014–present) Umpire
  • Larry Nemmers (19852007) Side Judge 1985–1990; Referee 1991–2007
  • Scott Novak (2014–present) Side Judge 2014–2016; Field Judge 2017–2018; Referee 2019–present

O

  • David Oliver (2017–present) Down Judge
  • James (Jim) Osborne (1976–1982) Judge

P

Q

  • Jim Quirk Sr. (19882008) Line Judge; Umpire
  • Jim Quirk Jr. (2010–present) Field Judge 2010–2012; Back Judge 2013–present

R

  • Jack Reader (19701973) Referee; Assistant Supervisor of Officials 1974–2007
  • Richard Reels (19932012) Back Judge
  • George Rennix (19521970) Referee
  • Bob Rice (19681987) Side Judge 1968–1987; Assistant Supervisor of Officials 1989–1996 [3]
  • Jeff Rice (1995–present) Umpire
  • Alberto Riveron (20042012) Side Judge 2004–2007; Referee 2008–2012; Vice President of Officiating 2017–present
  • Mearl Robinson (2017-present) Field Judge
  • Brad Rogers (2017-present) Field Judge
  • Howard Roe (19841996) Line Judge 1984–1988; Referee 1989–1996
  • Larry Rose (1997–2013) Side Judge
  • Doug Rosenbaum (2001–present) Side Judge 2001–2003, 2012–2013; Field Judge 2004–2011, 2014–present

S

  • Aaron Santi (2015–present) Field Judge
  • Steve Sadowski (2012–present) Umpire
  • Jim Saracino (19952008) Back Judge 1995–1997; Field Judge 1998–2008
  • Norm Schachter (19541975) Referee
  • John Schleyer (19902009) Head Linesman
  • Bill Schmitz (19892009) Field Judge 1989–1997; Back Judge 1998–2009
  • Bill Schuster (2000–present) Umpire
  • Jeff Seeman (2002–present) Line Judge
  • Jerry Seeman (19751990) Head Linesman 1975–1978; Referee 1979–1990; Senior Director of Officiating 19912001
  • Dale Shaw (2013–present) Back Judge 2013–2015; Field Judge 2016–present
  • Rick Shavensky (20062013) Umpire
  • Danny Short (2017–present) Line Judge
  • Tom Sifferman (19862008) Back Judge 1986–1997; Field Judge 1998–2008
  • Fred Silva (19681988) Line Judge 1968; Referee 1969–1988
  • Frank Sinkovitz (19581983) Umpire
  • Gary Slaughter (19962007) Head Linesman
  • Howard Slavin (1987–1999) Side Judge 1987–1999; Replay Official 1999–present
  • Billy Smith (1994–2013) Back Judge 1994–2013; Replay Official 2014–present
  • Shawn Smith (2015–present) Umpire 2015-2017, Referee 2018-present
  • Mike Spanier (1999–present) Line Judge 1999–2016; Down Judge 2017–present
  • Bill Spyksma (19952002; 20042006)
  • Tom Stabile (19952014) Head Linesman
  • Greg Steed (2003–present) Back Judge
  • Scott Steenson (1991–2013) Back Judge 1991–1997; Field Judge 1998–2013
  • Mark Steinkerchner (1994–present) Line Judge
  • Steve Stelljes (2002–present) Head Linesman
  • Tom Stephan (1999–present) Line Judge
  • Gene Steratore (20032017) Field Judge 2003–2005; Referee 2006–2017
  • Tony Steratore (2000–present) Back Judge
  • Charles Stewart (19922009) Line Judge
  • Bruce Stritesky (2006–present) Umpire
  • Rex Stuart (19841997) Umpire
  • Fred Swearingen (19601980) Field Judge 1960–1969, 1975–1980; Referee 1970–1974
  • Tom Symonette (2004–present) Line Judge 2004–2016; Down Judge 2017–present

T

U

V

  • Jack Vaughan (19762000) Back Judge
  • Rob Vernatchi (2004–present) Side Judge 2004, 2013–present; Field Judge 2005–2009; Back Judge 2010–2012
  • Tony Veteri Sr. (19601983) Head Linesman
  • Tony Veteri Jr. (1992–present) Head Linesman
  • Bill Vinovich (20012006; 2012–present) Side Judge 2001–2003; Referee 2004–2006, 2012–present

W

  • Bob Waggoner (1997–present) Field Judge 1997, 2010–2014; Back Judge 1998–2009; Side Judge 2015–present
  • Ed Walker (2014–present) Line Judge 2014; Head Linesman 2015–present
  • Jabir Walker (2015–present) Field Judge 2015-2016; Side Judge 2017–present
  • Undrey Wash (2000–present) Umpire
  • Keith Washington (2008–present) Side Judge
  • Mike Weatherford (2002–present) Side Judge 2002–2014; Field Judge 2015–present
  • Don Wedge (19721996) Back Judge 1972–1975, 1979–1996; Referee 1976–1978
  • Mike Weir (20022013) Field Judge
  • Samuel A. Weiss (19421950)
  • Gordon A. Wells (19721993) Umpire
  • Tom White (19892005) Head Linesman 1989; Referee 1990–2005
  • Greg Wilson (2008–present) Side Judge 2008; Back Judge 2009–present
  • Steve Wilson (19992009) Umpire
  • Ron Winter (19952013) Line Judge 1995–1997; Referee 1998–2013
  • Paul Weidner (1986–2008) Head Linesman
  • Steve Woods (2017–present) Umpire
  • Bob Wortman (19661992) Field Judge
  • Craig Wrolstad (2003–present) Field Judge 2003–2013; Referee 2014–present
  • David Wyant (19912013) Side Judge
  • Fred Wyant (19661992) Line Judge 1966–1970, 1990–1992; Referee 1971–1989

Y

  • Greg Yette (2010–present) Back Judge

Z

  • Steve Zimmer (1997–present) Back Judge 1997; Field Judge 1998–present

See also

References

  • Himmelman, Bill (1997). "The Officials Roster". In Carroll, Bob; Gershman, Michael; Neft, David; et al. Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (first ed.). New York, New York: HarperCollins. pp. 1576–1582. ISBN 978-0062701701.
  • Richmond Times Dispatch
  • Valley Independent
Official (American football)

In American football, an official is a person who has responsibility in enforcing the rules and maintaining the order of the game.

During professional and most college football games, seven officials operate on the field. Beginning in 2015, Division I college football conferences are using eight game officials, and the Alliance of American Football (AAF) began using eight game officials in 2019. College games outside the Division I level use six or seven officials. Arena football, high school football, and other levels of football have other officiating systems. High school football played under the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rules typically use five officials for varsity and 3, 4, or 5 for non-varsity games.

Football officials are commonly, but incorrectly, referred to as referees, but each position has specific duties and a specific name: referee, umpire, head linesman (or down judge), line judge, back judge, side judge, center judge (used only in NCAA Division I college football and in the AAF) and field judge. Because the referee is responsible for the general supervision of the game, the position is sometimes referred to as head referee or crew chief.

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