What was once a rare milestone at the Super Bowl in February has now become a commonality in the 2020 season.
The all-star crew that worked Super Bowl LIV was the first time 5 African-American officials worked any NFL game, and only the fourth game ever — regular or postseason — that at least half the crew was African-American.
The officiating department has broken apart the originally announced crews and rearranged them more or less geographically. As a result, Jerome Boger’s crew will now have 5 black officials, and will continue that way throughout the season, although there will be the typical week-to-week substitutions and the atypical ones brought on due to the coronavirus protocols.
In the 2019 season, it was the first time the NFL had a referee and umpire pair who are black on the same regular-season crew, which seems astonishing that it hasn’t happened sooner. It’s not the first time ever, as Boger was paired with now-retired umpire Darrell Jenkins in Super Bowl XLVII. Including active officials, there have been 80 African-American officials in NFL history.
|R||23||Jerome Boger||17||Morehouse College||retired commercial insurance underwriter|
|U||20||Barry Anderson||14||Allen||North Carolina State||builder/developer|
|DJ||10||Julian Mapp||12||Rogers||Grambling State||software quality assurance tester|
|LJ||59||Rusty Baynes||11||Boger||Auburn-Montgomery||general manager, safety services|
|FJ||104||Dale Shaw||8||Kemp||Allegheny||pharmaceutical sales|
|SJ||36||Anthony Jeffries||3||Corrente||Alabama-Birmingham||medical sales|
|BJ||88||Brad Freeman||7||Hussey||Mississippi State||sports park director|