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