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Video: Jabir Walker talks about working CFL games



Field judge Jabir Walker is working Canadian Football League preseason games as part of the NFL-CFL Officiating Development Program. Walker is joined by colleagues Dale Shaw (field judge), Dave Meslow (side judge) and rookie official Alan Eck (side judge) as NFL officials who are working CFL games this summer. Later this summer, CFL officials will join NFL crews to work training camp scrimmages and preseasons.

One of the stated goals of the NFL-CFL partnership is to give officials more experience calling the fast-paced pro game.

Walker is entering his second NFL season and is once again assigned to John Parry’s crew. Walker played college ball at Murray State and also in the Arena Football League and the CFL, where he returns as an official. Off the field, Walker is a math teacher.


Mark Schultz is a high school football official, freelance writer and journalist. He first became interested in officiating when he was six years old, was watching a NFL game with his father and asked the fateful question, "Dad, what are those guys in the striped shirts doing?"