NFL takes a hit after four referee retirements

Embed from Getty Images Every generation of NFL officiating gives way to the next. This past offseason, we saw, very quickly and dramatically, one generation give way to the next. Referees Ed Hochuli, Gene Steratore, Terry McAulay and Jeff Triplette represent 88-years of experience at the referee position. That is 88-years

Gene Steratore to retire after 15 seasons, joining CBS

Embed from Getty Images Referee Gene Steratore, a veteran NFL official who served for 15 seasons, and just worked Super Bowl LII, will be retiring from the league, according to senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron. Sources have confirmed that Steratore will become a rules analyst for CBS Sports, a

Terry McAulay quits NFL for NBC

In a monumentally stunning move, NFL referee Terry McAulay, arguably the best referee on the NFL roster, has retired, as announced by senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron. https://twitter.com/alriveron/status/1009814475652894721 Multiple sources tell Football Zebras that McAulay will likely join Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth in the NBC booth as a rules analyst for

Referee Ed Hochuli is ending his 28-year NFL career

http://gty.im/502366360 http://gty.im/495274580 Ed Hochuli, the most recognizable officiating figure, bar none, to mainstream fans in NFL history, has decided to retire. Senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron confirmed on his new Twitter feed that Hochuli, along with Jeff Triplette, will not be returning for the 2018 season -- something which had

Referee Jeff Triplette will retire from the NFL

Embed from Getty Images   Referee Jeff Triplette is set to retire from the field after a 22-year NFL officiating career, having called his final game in Saturday's Wild Card Playoff game, according to a report by Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network. This is consistent with some of the discussion in officiating

College football referee Ron Cherry retires

Embed from Getty Images   Ron Cherry, one of the most recognizable college football referees for the last decade, has retired according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Cherry suffered a head injury in the USC-Notre Dame game last season and underwent emergency neurosurgery a month later to remove a blood clot. Famous calls Cherry officiated football

More roster shifts as 2 officials move from the field to supervisor roles

Embed from Getty Images   The NFL has two more on-field officials to replace. Football Zebras can confirm the senior vice president of officiating, Al Riveron, hired side judge Rob Vernatchi  and field judge Doug Rosenbaum as regional supervisors. Vernatchi and Rosenbaum join Bill Leavy, Garth DeFelice and Gary Slaughter as supervisors. In this

Umpire Butch Hannah retires after 18 seasons

Embed from Getty Images   In a late offseason move, umpire Butch Hannah retired from the NFL according to multiple sources. Football Zebras does not know the reason Hannah left the league, but it has been indicated he initiated the move. His last game was the Raiders-Texans Wild Card Playoff game in January. Much like