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2017 Postseason2018 Pro BowlWalt Anderson is the referee for the 2018 Pro Bowl

Walt Anderson is the referee for the 2018 Pro Bowl

Walt Anderson has been selected as the referee for the 2018 NFL Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 66 Walt Anderson 22   Texas college officiating coordinator, retired dentist
U 115 Tony Michalek 16 Hussey Indiana communications specialist, USA Football officiating director
DJ 37 Jim Howey 19 (swing) Erskine College director of adult education
LJ 107 Ron Marinucci 21 Hussey Glassboro State vice president, novelty cone company
FJ 82 Buddy Horton 19 Corrente Oregon State water service worker
SJ 26 Jabir Walker 3 Allen Murray State math teacher
BJ 5 Jim Quirk 8 Cheffers Middlebury financial advisor
ALT 61 Keith Ferguson 18 Hussey San Jose State sales
Replay Bill Spyksma   Torbert    

Anderson is one of the 21 current officials who was promoted to a full-time official, a position he has in tandem with his other full-time job, the officiating coordinator for the Big 12 Conference. Anderson and Marinucci worked as alternates during the playoffs.

The game observers, in this case senior vice-president of officiating Al Riveron, vice president of replay and administration Russell Yurk, and an unnamed 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.

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. There is no word if any of these officials will be retiring.

And — never forget it — yes, there are penalties in the Pro Bowl.

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

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