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Walt Coleman and Pete Morelli will join forces in the 2019 Pro Bowl

Walt Coleman and Pete Morelli, both retiring at the end of this season, will be co-referees for this year’s Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

         Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 65 Walt Coleman 30    Arkansas dairy processor manager
R 135 Pete Morelli   22    St. Mary’s retired high school principal*
U 44 Jeff Rice 24 Coleman Northwestern attorney
DJ 22 Steve Stelljes   17 Morelli Friends business planning manager
LJ 98 Greg Bradley 10 Hochuli Tennessee chemical engineer
FJ 21 Jeff Lamberth 17 Wrolstad Texas A&M attorney
SJ 72 Michael Banks 17 Parry Illinois State carpenter foreman
BJ 27 Lee Dyer 16 Anderson Tennessee-Chattanooga sales manager
ALT 80 Greg Gautreaux (FJ) 17 Coleman SW Louisiana athletic programs manager
  • Replay official:  Larry Nemmers  
  • Replay assistant:  Kevin Stine
  • Supervisor: Rob Vernatchi

*indicates full-time official. retiring officials.

It is likely that Coleman will officiate at the referee position for one half of the game, and Morelli will work the other. However, this is not confirmed. Coleman and Morelli had alternate assignments in the Divisional Playoffs.

The game observers, in this case senior vice-president of officiating Al Riveron, vice president of replay and administration Russell Yurk, and an unnamed assistant coach, will monitor the formations and the coverages for unsportsmanlike conduct. In the Pro Bowl, there are only simple formations and coverage packages allowed.

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 Pro Bowl. The league and the union have made exceptions to the seniority rule for certain commemorations, such as a retirement. Along with Coleman and Morelli, down judge Steve Stelljes and replay official Larry Nemmers will also be retiring following the game.

And — the quote still rings true —  yes, there are penalties in the Pro Bowl.

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Cameron Filipe
Cam Filipe is a forensic scientist from Massachusetts and has been involved in football officiating for 11 years. Cam is in his third season as a high school football official. This is his eighth season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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3 thoughts on “Walt Coleman and Pete Morelli will join forces in the 2019 Pro Bowl

  1. Will there be any “tuck rule” situations for Walt to decide?? Maybe Jon Gruden can give him a gold watch as he retires.. It’s time for both f them to go however,. Bill and Clete, two of the best working this weekend!! Dress warn Clete!!

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