Jerome Boger has been selected as the referee for the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
|R||23||Jerome Boger||13||Morehouse College||
retired commercial insurance underwriter
|U||124||Carl Paganelli||17||(swing)||Michigan State||retired federal probation officer|
|HL||98||Greg Bradley||8||Hochuli||Tennessee||chemical engineer|
|LJ||100||Tom Symonette||13||Allen||Florida||certified public accountant|
|FJ||95||James Coleman||12||(swing)||Arkansas||electrical engineer|
|SJ||25||Bob Waggoner||20||Steratore||Juniata College||retired probation officer|
|BJ||78||Greg Meyer||15||Vinovich||Texas Christian||banker|
|ALT||131||Mark Pellis||3||Parry||Allegheny||financial advisor|
Side judge James Coleman will be working at field judge for this game. In addition, a game supervisor, usually senior vice-president of officiating Dean Blandino, and an assistant coach will monitor the formations and the coverages for unsportsmanlike conduct. In the Pro Bowl, there are only simple formations and coverage packages allowed.
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Boger was assigned to this year’s Hall of Fame game, which was cancelled after the grounds crew had destroyed the synthetic turf in an attempt to dry the field paint.
Unlike the past three years, the Pro Bowl will be a face-off between the all-stars from each conference — the original format prior to 2014. The officials assigned to a Pro Bowl are generally the most senior member in their position who are not working a playoff game and who also have not worked a Pro Bowl. The league and the union have made exceptions to the seniority rule for certain commemorations, such as a retirement. This year, Bob Waggoner will call his final game at the Pro Bowl.
There will be replay at this year’s Pro Bowl. It was cost-prohibitive to ship replay equipment to Hawaii for an exhibition game that likely would not see any coach’s challenges. Replay was used to test a tablet-based system when the game was played in Arizona two years ago.
And — never forget it — yes, there are penalties in the Pro Bowl.