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Walt Anderson heads the officiating crew in the first game of the 100th NFL season



The 100th season in NFL history begins Aug. 1, just three miles from the location of the first league meeting at a Hupmobile dealership in downtown Canton, Ohio. During that meeting on Sept. 17, 1920, the American Professional Football Association was formed with the current Cardinals and Bears franchises and 12 other teams; it would become the National Football League 2 years later.

The Thursday night game will be carried on NBC, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern. Terry McAulay will begin his second season as the NBC rules analyst.

Football Zebras has confirmed that Walt Anderson, who is beginning his 24th season, will be the referee in the first preseason game of 2019 between the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos. He will have his regular crew on hand for the game.

      Yrs 2018 crew College Occupation
R 66 Walt Anderson 24   Texas former college officiating coordinator, retired dentist
U 71 Ruben Fowler 14 Allen Huston-Tillotson retired firefighter
DJ 68 Tom Stephan 21 Anderson Pittsburg State president and CEO
LJ 18 Byron Boston 25 Anderson Austin tax consultant; Southland Conference officiating coordinator
FJ 27 Lee Dyer 17 Anderson Tennessee-Chattanooga sales manager
SJ 15 Rick Patterson 24 Anderson Wofford banker
BJ 61 Keith Ferguson 20 Morelli San Jose State sales

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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