We recognize all those who have served our country on this day, and we salute the veterans on the NFL officiating staff.
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From Getty Images:
- BJ38 Greg Yette (USA Infantry)
- RO Tom Sifferman (Vietnam War, USA)
- RO 1st Lt. Carl Madsen (Vietnam War, USAF)
Of note, referee Jeff Triplette is a Bronze Star Medal recipient. Field judge Mearl Robinson is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force.
We also extend our thanks to our colleague, Football Zebras writer Rich Madrid, a 10-year U.S. Navy veteran who was deployed three times to the Middle East.
In time, we may see many more veterans in stripes, thanks to Battlefields to Ballfields — a charitable organization founded in 2016 by Mike Pereira that trains and equips veterans for officiating.
Photos: Baynes (Kansas City Chiefs), Prioleau (Philadelphia Eagles), Robinson (Minnesota Vikings), Spanier (Oakland Raiders), Steed (Carolina Panthers), Triplette (Green Bay Packers), Nazzaro (NFL handout photo).