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
At the conclusion of the Dolphins-Bills Week 13 game, Jerry Hughes of the Bills ran off the field and up the tunnel to confront Shawn Hochuli's crew. Video was captured by Spectrum News reporter Jon Scott.
It appears that Hughes is in a verbal altercation with one official, but with the
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,
We know the NFL officiating roster for 2014. The names have been announced, but one position assignment caught my attention. Brad Allen, a collegiate referee and who worked the 2013 NFL preseason as a back judge in the advanced training program, will work his rookie season as an umpire. Could this be
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
Football Zebras exclusive
The news is not confirmed, but a tweet by a relative of Shawn Hochuli -- son of NFL referee Ed Hochuli -- indicates that Shawn received word that he has been hired by the NFL. (Update 3/22: The tweet has since been protected. Update 3/24: Peter King of
As Labor Day weekend approaches, the developmental officials that comprised the NFL's "taxi squad" are headed back to their college conferences for the start of the college football season.
It is officially known as the advanced training program, the NFL initiative that brought 21 officials from the major college conferences to
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 judge in the Southeastern Conference, has been actively scouted by the