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A salute to those officials who served our country

We recognize all those who have served our country on this day, and we salute the veterans on the NFL officiating staff.

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From Getty Images:

  • BJ38 Greg Yette (USA Infantry)
  • RO Tom Sifferman (Vietnam War, USA)
  • RO 1st Lt. Carl Madsen (Vietnam War, USAF)

Of note, referee Jeff Triplette is a Bronze Star Medal recipient. Field judge Mearl Robinson is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force.

We also extend our thanks to our colleague, Football Zebras writer Rich Madrid, a 10-year U.S. Navy veteran who was deployed three times to the Middle East.

In time, we may see many more veterans in stripes, thanks to Battlefields to Ballfields — a charitable organization founded in 2016 by Mike Pereira that trains and equips veterans for officiating.

Photos: Baynes (Kansas City Chiefs), Prioleau (Philadelphia Eagles), Robinson (Minnesota Vikings), Spanier (Oakland Raiders), Steed (Carolina Panthers), Triplette (Green Bay Packers), Nazzaro (NFL handout photo).

Ben Austro
Ben Austro

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref’s Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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