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2019 Postseason2020 Pro BowlCraig Wrolstad is the referee for the 2020 Pro Bowl

Craig Wrolstad is the referee for the 2020 Pro Bowl

Craig Wrolstad will be the referee for this year’s Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Umpire Jeff Rice and down judge Mike Spanier will be working the final game of their careers, as they both will be retiring at the conclusion of the season.

      Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 4 Craig Wrolstad 17   Washington athletic director
U 44 Jeff Rice 25 Blakeman Northwestern attorney
DJ 90 Mike Spanier 21 (swing) St Cloud State middle school principal
LJ 10 Julian Mapp 11 Rogers Grambling State project leader
FJ 109 Dyrol Prioleau 13 Smith Johnson C Smith manager, law firm
SJ 26 Jabir Walker 5 Hussey Murray State teacher
BJ 105 Dino Paganelli 14 Smith Aquinas College educator
ALT 30 Todd Prukop (BJ) 11 Corrente Cal State-Fullerton medical sales representative
  • Replay tandem 1: Earnie Frantz and Willie Vizoso
  • Replay tandem 2: Terri Valenti and Jamie Nicholson
  • Supervisor: Rob Vernatchi

retiring officials.

Sources have told Football Zebras that the league is testing out new replay equipment, so two replay officials and two assistants are assigned. 

The game observers, who are not confirmed at this point, but typically include two members of the officiating department as well as 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. Jeff Rice and Mike Spanier will be retiring at the conclusion of this season.

And — Ed Hochuli may be gone, but his words live on — yes, there are penalties in the Pro Bowl.

Cameron Filipe
Cam Filipe is a graduate student at Boston University and has been involved in football officiating for nine years. Cam is in his first season as a high school football official. This is his sixth season covering NFL officiating for Fᴏᴏᴛʙᴀʟʟ Zᴇʙʀᴀs.

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