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Land Clark promoted to referee position

 
Field judge Land Clark, who will be entering his third season as an NFL official, has been promoted to the referee position, to replace retiree and two-time Super Bowl official Walt Anderson, who left the field to take a senior vice president position in the league office.

Clark completed his second season as a field judge in 2019, as a member of Adrian Hill’s crew; Hill was a first-year crew chief last year. He was the field judge on Carl Cheffers’s crew during his rookie season. He was not assigned to an on-field or alternate assignment this postseason, however, in his first year eligible. This is not typical but certainly not unheard of, as referee Scott Novak was promoted to the referee position in 2019 without receiving a postseason assignment the season before.

Previously, he worked in the Pac-12 Conference as a referee. Clark worked the 2018 Sugar Bowl, the College Football Playoff national semifinal in which the Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Clemson Tigers.

Clark worked at the referee position in a preseason tryout this past season, following his first year in the NFL as did side judge Don Willard, meaning he was on the officiating department’s radar very early, and has now assumed his new role as a white hat. 

Outside of the NFL, Clark is the chief building official for the city of Albuquerque, N.M. 

There are now eight new white hats over the past three seasons, extending the record from last season as the most since the AFL-NFL merger. 

Leaving the field

      Yrs Retired College Occupation
R 42 Jeff Triplette 22 2018, to ESPN Wake Forest restructuring consultant
R 77 Terry McAulay 20 2018, to NBC Louisiana State college officiating coordinator
R 85 Ed Hochuli 28 2018, to officiating consultant Texas-El Paso attorney
R 114 Gene Steratore 15 2018, to CBS Kent State co-owner, supply company
R 65 Walt Coleman 30 2019 Arkansas dairy processor manager
R 132 John Parry 19 2019, to ESPN Purdue financial advisor
R 135 Pete Morelli 22 2019 St. Mary’s retired high school principal
R 66 Walt Anderson 24 2020, to SVP/development Texas former college officiating coordinator, retired dentist

Promoted to referee

      Yrs* Replaces College Occupation
R 55 Alex Kemp 7 2018, Triplette Central Michigan insurance agent
R 83 Shawn Hochuli 7 2018, Ed Hochuli Claremont financial advisor
R 14 Shawn Smith 6 2018, McAulay Ferris State internal auditor
R 19 Clay Martin 6 2018, Steratore Oklahoma Baptist high school basketball coach
R 29 Adrian Hill 11 2019, Coleman Buffalo software engineer
R 1 Scott Novak 7 2019, Morelli Phoenix sales manager
R 126 Brad Rogers 4 2019, Parry Lubbock Christian college professor
R 130 Land Clark 3 2020, Anderson Sevier Valley Tech chief building official

* includes 2020 season

Cameron Filipe
Cam Filipe is a senior at the University of New Haven, majoring in forensic science. He has been involved in football officiating for eight years and currently works as a flag football official in college. This is his fifth season covering NFL officiating for Fᴏᴏᴛʙᴀʟʟ Zᴇʙʀᴀs.

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