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Brad Rogers to fill newest white hat vacancy

Field judge Brad Rogers, who will be entering his third season as an NFL official, has been promoted to the referee position, to replace retiree and three-time Super Bowl official John Parry, who retired on April 1. He will be the third rookie white hat for the 2019 season, joining Adrian Hill and Scott Novak, who were promoted in late February.

Rogers completed his second season as a field judge in 2018, as a member of Shawn Smith’s crew; Smith was a first-year crew chief that year. He was the field judge on Pete Morelli’s crew during his rookie season. He worked the Divisional Playoff game in New England between the Chargers and Patriots this postseason, his first year eligible.

Previously he worked in the Southeastern Conference and Conference USA as a referee. Rogers got his start officiating in high school football in Texas in 1991, and one of his high school crews featured officials who all eventually worked Division I college football.

Rogers worked at the referee position in a preseason tryout this past season, pictured above, following his first year in the NFL. This means he was on the officiating department’s radar very early, and has now assumed his new role as a white hat.

Outside of the NFL, Rogers is an educator in the business department at Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas.

There are now seven new white hats over the past two seasons, the most since the AFL-NFL merger. However, with still some time before May 15, the end of the “dark period” for officials, there may be some more turnover in the roster — not only at the referee position — to keep an eye out for.

Leaving the field

      Yrs Retired College Occupation
R 42 Jeff Triplette 22 2018, to ESPN Wake Forest restructuring consultant
R 77 Terry McAulay 20 2018, to NBC Louisiana State college officiating coordinator
R 85 Ed Hochuli 28 2018, to officiating consultant Texas-El Paso attorney
R 114 Gene Steratore 15 2018, to CBS Kent State co-owner, supply company
R 65 Walt Coleman 30 2019 Arkansas dairy processor manager
R 132 John Parry 19 2019, to ESPN Purdue financial advisor
R 135 Pete Morelli 22 2019 St. Mary’s retired high school principal

Promoted to referee

      Yrs* Replaces College Occupation
R 55 Alex Kemp 6 2018, Triplette Central Michigan insurance agent
R 83 Shawn Hochuli 6 2018, Ed Hochuli Claremont financial advisor
R 14 Shawn Smith 5 2018, McAulay Ferris State internal auditor
R 19 Clay Martin 5 2018, Steratore Oklahoma Baptist high school basketball coach
R 29 Adrian Hill 10 2019, Coleman/Morelli Buffalo software engineer
R 1 Scott Novak 6 2019, Coleman/Morelli Phoenix sales manager
R 126 Brad Rogers 3 2019, Parry Lubbock Christian college professor

*includes 2019 season

 

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.

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