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.
|R||4||Craig Wrolstad||17||Washington||athletic director|
|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
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.