Pete Morelli has been selected as the referee for the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. This will also be George Hayward’s last game as he is set to retire after 25 years in the NFL.
|R||135||Pete Morelli||19||St Mary’s||high school principal|
|U||71||Ruben Fowler||10||Morelli||Huston-Tillotson||retired firefighter|
|HL||54||George Hayward||25||Corrente||Missouri Western||vice-president and manager, warehouse company|
|LJ||5||John McGrath||14||Boger||Kentucky||vice president of sales|
|FJ||116||Mike Weatherford||14||Steratore||Oklahoma State||energy trader|
|SJ||21||Jeff Lamberth||14||Wrolstad||Texas A&M||attorney|
|BJ||27||Lee Dyer||13||Wrolstad||Tennessee-Chattanooga||sales manager|
|ALT||119||Greg Wilson||8||Corrente||USC||law enforcement|
Head linesman John McGrath will work as a line judge in this game.
As in the past two years, the Pro Bowl will be “unconferenced”, with Pro Bowl selectees being drafted onto teams headed by Hall of Fame receivers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice. 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 Hawaii-based Pro Bowl. The league and the union have made exceptions to the seniority rule for certain commemorations, such as a retirement.
Morelli was at last year’s Pro Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., as the recipient of the Art McNally Award, recognizing a career of achievement in officiating.
There are no replay reviews in the Pro Bowl, although there was an exception to last year’s game to test out tablet devices for replay. But, yes, there are penalties in the Pro Bowl.