Have you noticed something different with NFL officials this year? This year, NFL officials have been sporting facial hair and down judge Sarah Thomas is wearing her hair in a ponytail, out the back of an adjustable official's hat. (Up until this season, she wore her hair pinned up under
Dale Shaw (Tennessee Titans)
It was another great football season and, for us, there were several officiating stories from 2018. Here are the seven that stood out to me.
1. Hugo Cruz fired
In one of the most shocking events of the year, the NFL fired down judge Hugo Cruz in mid-season. This
Back judge Steve Freeman was hurt in Week 3 during the Saints-Falcons game in Atlanta. Freeman is normally on Alex Kemp's crew, but for this week he worked with Walt Anderson's crew in Atlanta and Anderson's normal back judge, Lee Dyer, worked on Kemp's crew.
Freeman was hurt on a deep
One of the fun parts of being a dad is when a child wants to join the dad in an activity or hobby, or just wants to spend time together. I'm sure NFL officials are happy when their kids want to take up officiating. That happiness and pride, I'm sure,
Fathers have passed the NFL white hat to the sons, one directly and one posthumously.
As Football Zebras noted last month, Alex Kemp seemed to be the frontrunner to be promoted to referee upon the retirement of Jeff Triplette. We also noted that back judge Shawn Hochuli was in the mix,
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The Canadian Football League is sending six of its officials to learn NFL officiating this preseason, in exchange for at least 5 NFL officials to work the Canadian preseason. This is the second year of the NFL-CFL Officiating Development Program.
The CFL officials taking part in the NFL
Football Zebras exclusiveThe NFL will audition three officials at the referee position this week. Three current NFL officials will don the white hat for at least one preseason game where the NFL will scout them as potential future referees. Last year, the NFL auditioned three potential officials and John Hussey
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R Jeff Triplette with Jaguars coach Ron Rivera
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This post has been updated to reflect changes in the 2014 officiating staff after the initial announcement.
The NFL has announced its 2014 roster of officials (full list below after the jump). The roster features 12 new hires. Earlier we reported that 11 officials were not going to return to the
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, Bryan Neale and Brad Freeman have been hired by the NFL according