Category Archives: Profiles

NFL hires five more officials

Four new hires have collegiate referee experience Football Zebras has learned the names of five more college officials hired by the NFL, and that there will be a total of eleven new officials in 2014. Alex Kemp, Brad Allen, Scott Novak, … Continue reading

R Ron Winter retires after 19 seasons

Referee Ron Winter is retiring after 19 seasons in the NFL. Continue reading

Super Bowl is final game for FJ Scott Steenson, SJ Dave Wyant

Football Zebras has learned that two officials in today’s game will end their careers on football’s greatest stage. Field judge Scott Steenson and side judge Dave Wyant, both in their 23rd NFL season, intend to retire at the end of … Continue reading

A tribute to Jerry Seeman

Amy Seeman collected a group of tweets, stories, and articles on Storify. With her permission, we share her curated work here. Continue reading

6 NFL officiating things to watch for in 2013

Commentary by Mark Schultz Here are the things I am pondering as I “zebra watch” this year. 1.  Will some high-profile officials make a playoff comeback?  Gene Steratore, Ed Hochuli, John Parry, Tom Stabile,  John McGrath, Rob Vernatchi, and Walt … Continue reading

Sarah Thomas 2014 debut all but assured

The NFL, of course, is foisting the storyline and that has to mean that the NFL will promote Thomas next season. Continue reading

Father-son team cover deep in preseason

Back judge Steve Freeman got a rare opportunity on Friday night, and even though it was a meaningless, forgettable preseason game, it is likely an experience he will remember as a highlight of his career. Freeman’s son Brad, a field … Continue reading

New white hats looking to earn an ‘R’

NFL trying out potential replacements for retiring head referees The NFL is preparing for the inevitable retirement of officiating crew chiefs by conducting trial runs for some promotions in the second preseason weekend. An officiating source said that at least … Continue reading

Hochuli gets referee fans ‘pumped’ for ’13

Ed Hochuli, interviewed by Craig Fouhy for KNXV/Phoenix

Don Carlsen retires from the NFL

The veteran side judge reflects on his 24-year career Don Carlsen woke up one day this past October and made one of the toughest calls of his career.  He decided to retire from the NFL after a 24-year career as … Continue reading