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2015 Postseason

Pete Morelli selected as 2016 Pro Bowl referee




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.

      Yrs 2015 crew College Occupation
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.

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