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2016 Postseason2017 Pro BowlJerome Boger selected as 2017 Pro Bowl referee

Jerome Boger selected as 2017 Pro Bowl referee

Jerome Boger has been selected as the referee for the 2017 NFL Pro Bowl at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

      Yrs 2016 crew College Occupation
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
Replay Al Hynes   Triplette    

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.


Related: Rule changes for 2017 Pro Bowl


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.

Cameron Filipe
Cameron Filipe
Cam Filipe is a sophomore at the University of New Haven, majoring in forensic science. He has been involved in football officiating for six years and currently works as a flag football and soccer official in college. This is his third season covering officiating as a staff writer for Football Zebras.

4 thoughts on “Jerome Boger selected as 2017 Pro Bowl referee

  1. NOOOOO not The Booger!

    Welp, I guess he could use as much experience as he can get. And it’s the Pro Bowl, so who really gives a damn. Although there were many other refs more deserving of a vacation

  2. Poor Jerome. The Booger has to be up there as one of the worst referees in NFL history. Is there more to the general ratings criteria that factored into his selection for this assignment?

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