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Corrente and Hussey are Conference Championship referees

Football Zebras has confirmed the assignment of referees Tony Corrente and John Hussey to the Conference Championship games.



Football Zebras has confirmed the assignment of referees Tony Corrente and John Hussey to the Conference Championship games on Sunday. Corrente will have the AFC game between the Titans and Chiefs; Hussey will be heading the crew for the NFC title match between the Packers and 49ers. Corrente and Hussey both officiated on the field in the Wild Card round.

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.

Four alternates are assigned to each game: 1 referee, 1 umpire, 1 short wing (down judge or line judge), and 1 deep position (side judge, field judge, or back judge). 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).

AFC Championship Game, Titans at Chiefs, 3:05 p.m. ET CBS

Tony Corrente is the referee assigned to officiate the AFC Championship this Sunday in Kansas City. Corrente is in his 25th season as an NFL official, and his 22nd as a referee. His first 3 seasons in the league were as a back judge, known today as the field judge, as the league swapped position titles in 1998.

This is Corrente’s 20th postseason assignment, including 8 Wild Card Playoffs, 5 Divisional Playoffs, 6 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLI.

Corrente officiated the first matchup between these two teams during Week 10 in Tennessee.

Corrente, 68, lives in La Mirada, Calif., and is a retired educator, and the former Pac-12 officiating coordinator.

      Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 99 Tony Corrente 25   Cal State-Fullerton former college officiating coordinator, retired educator
U 92 Bryan Neale 6 Smith Indiana sales consultant
DJ 6 Jerod Phillips 4 Martin Northeastern State elementary school teacher
LJ 18 Byron Boston 25 Anderson Austin tax consultant, Southland Conference officiating coordinator
FJ 56 Allen Baynes 12 Hussey Auburn realtor
SJ 3 Scott Edwards 21 Torbert Alabama environmental engineer
BJ 46 Perry Paganelli 22 Blakeman Hope College retired high school administrator
  • Replay official: Mike Wimmer
  • Replay assistant: Bill Ellis
  • Alternates: Carl Cheffers (R), Bruce Stritesky (U), Mark Hittner (DJ), Jim Quirk (SJ)

NFC Championship Game, Packers at 49ers, 6:40 p.m. ET Fox

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For the first time since being promoted to the referee position, John Hussey will be officiating in a Conference Championship game. Hussey has been assigned as the referee for the NFC Championship in Santa Clara, Calif.

Hussey was hired by the league in 2002, worked 13 seasons as a line judge, and is now in his 5th season as referee.

This is Hussey’s 13th postseason assignment, including 5 Wild Card Playoffs, 4 Divisional Playoffs, 3 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLV. His Super Bowl assignment was as a line judge.

Hussey, 55, is from Huntington Beach, Calif., and is the founder and CEO of a fundraising company that supports animal-welfare nonprofit organizations.

      Yrs 2019 crew College Occupation
R 35 John Hussey 18   Idaho State sales representative, retail logistics group
U 81 Roy Ellison 17 Hill Savannah State technical staff member
DJ 74 Derick Bowers 17 Novak East Central sales representative
LJ 59 Rusty Baynes 10 Boger Auburn-Montgomery general manager, safety services
FJ 97 Tom Hill 21 Hochuli Carson Newman teacher
SJ 103 Eugene Hall 6 Cheffers North Texas federal agent
BJ 111 Terrence Miles 12 Novak Arizona State quality control manager
  • Replay official: Billy Smith
  • Replay assistant: Andrew Lambert
  • Alternates: Clete Blakeman (R), Carl Paganelli (U), Jerry Bergman (DJ), Greg Meyer (BJ)

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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