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2018 Divisional Playoffs

Hussey, Parry, Torbert, and Cheffers are Divisional Playoff referees

John Hussey, John Parry, Ron Torbert, and Carl Cheffers are the referees for the Divisional Playoffs.



Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Divisional Playoffs. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years of NFL experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee’s name), college, and outside occupation.

All times are Eastern.

Three alternates are assigned to each game: generally, one is designated for the offensive backfield (in recent seasons, this is typically a referee, but can be an umpire), one is on the line of scrimmage (down judge or line judge), and one is a deep position (side judge, field judge, or back judge). When alternates are listed, their position during the regular season is also given. The prior playoff experience that is listed for the crew chief includes his service as an NFL official, including as referee and any other crew position (excluding alternate assignments). 

Down judge Sarah Thomas received her first on-field postseason assignment, making her the first woman to do so. Replay official Terri Valenti is also assigned to a divisional game.

Also of note, the eventual Super Bowl officials are on the field for this weekend’s games, but not all are from the same crew. Walt Coleman appears to be ending his 30-year career on the sideline, assigned as an alternate this week. He is the only official in NFL history to have worked for 30 seasons and not received a title game assignment.

Saturday, Jan. 12

Colts at Chiefs, 4:35 p.m. NBC 

John Hussey is the referee, who is in his 17th season and 4th as referee. This is Hussey’s 11th postseason assignment, including 4 Wild Card Playoffs, 4 Divisional Playoffs, 2 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLV.

      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 35 John Hussey 17   Idaho State sales representative, retail logistics group
U 115 Tony Michalek 17 Hussey Indiana communications specialist*
DJ 28 Mark Hittner 22 Smith Pittsburg State investment broker
LJ 101 Carl Johnson 15 Wrolstad Nicholls State former full-time official
FJ 33 Steve Zimmer 22 Allen Hofstra attorney
SJ 95 James Coleman 14 Smith Arkansas electrical engineer
BJ 111 Terrence Miles 11 Allen Arizona State quality control manager*

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay official: Terri Valenti
  • Replay assistant: Jamie Nicholson
  • Alternates: Walt Anderson (R), Brian Bolinger (LJ), Aaron Santi (SJ)

Cowboys at Rams, 8:15 p.m. Fox 

John Parry is the referee, who is in his 19th season and 12th as referee. This is Parry’s 12th postseason assignment, including 2 Wild Card Playoffs, 7 Divisional Playoffs, 1 Conference Championship, and Super Bowls XLI and XLVI. The first Super Bowl assignment was as a side judge.

      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 132 John Parry 19   Purdue financial advisor*
U 11 Fred Bryan 10 Martin Northern Iowa superintendent, juvenile correctional facility*
DJ 90 Mike Spanier 20 swing St Cloud State middle school principal
LJ 9 Mark Perlman 18 Vinovich Salem teacher*
FJ 104 Dale Shaw 6 Boger Allegheny pharmaceutical sales
SJ 103 Eugene Hall 5 Cheffers North Texas federal agent
BJ 112 Tony Steratore 19 Boger California (Pa.) co-owner, supply company

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay official: Jim Lapetina
  • Replay assistant: Chad Adams
  • Alternates: Walt Coleman (R), Derick Bowers (LJ), Steve Patrick (BJ)

Chargers at Patriots, 1:05 p.m. CBS 

Ron Torbert is the referee, who is in his 9th season and 5th as referee. This is Torbert’s 7th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs and 4 Divisional Playoffs; he has received a playoff assignment in every year he was eligible.

      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 62 Ron Torbert 9   Michigan State attorney
U 49 Rich Hall 15 Kemp Arizona custom cabinetry
DJ 53 Sarah Thomas 4 Torbert Mobile sales representative
LJ 84 Mark Steinkerchner 25 Torbert Akron vice president*
FJ 126 Brad Rogers 2 Smith Lubbock Christian college professor
SJ 3 Scott Edwards 20 Torbert Alabama environmental engineer
BJ 105 Dino Paganelli 13 Smith Aquinas College educator

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay official: Mike Chase
  • Replay assistant: Marv LeBlanc
  • Alternates: Pete Morelli (R), Walt Coleman IV (LJ), Jabir Walker (SJ)

Eagles at Saints, 4:35 p.m. Fox 

Carl Cheffers is the referee, who is in his 19th season and 11th as referee. He has worked 12 postseason assignments, including 4 Wild Card Playoffs, 5 Divisional Playoffs, and 2 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl LI.

      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 51 Carl Cheffers 19   California-Irvine sales manager
U 20 Barry Anderson 12 Cheffers North Carolina State builder/developer
DJ 134 Ed Camp 19 Hochuli William Paterson physical education teacher*
LJ 32 Jeff Bergman 27 Kemp Robert Morris president and chief executive officer, medical services*
FJ 117 John Jenkins 5 Kemp St. Mary’s sales executive
SJ 120 Jonah Monroe 4 Boger Arkansas engineer*
BJ 46 Perry Paganelli 21 Parry Hope College retired high school administrator

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay official: Charles Stewart
  • Replay assistant: Jim Grant
  • Alternates: Craig Wrolstad (R), Byron Boston (LJ), Jim Quirk (BJ)

Cam Filipe is a forensic scientist and has been involved in football officiating for 12 years. Cam is in his fourth season as a high school football official. This is his ninth season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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