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New Year’s Eve throwback: Future NFL officials working college bowl games

As we get ready to go (college football) bowling, here are current and former NFL officials who worked college bowl games.



Our bowl season is rationed this year due to covid-19, instead of the usual glut.

But, over the years, we have found footage of future NFL officials working college bowl games, prior to working in the pros.

To gear you up for a great college and pro football holiday weekend, here are some college football officials who would later go on to become NFL officials.

Mike Pereira working the 1996 Cotton Bowl, his last college game before becoming a NFL official. In my opinion, if Pereira had stayed on the field, he would have been a NFL white hat.

Terry McAulay works the 1998 Orange Bowl. Next fall he would be in the NFL.

Adrian Hill works the 2009 Music City Bowl. This was his last college game as he joined the NFL in 2010.

Land Clark works the 2008 Eagle Bank Bowl. He joined the NFL in 2018.

Jerry Markbreit works the 1972 Rose Bowl. He would join the NFL in 1976.

Who know who is working bowl games this season, who we will see in the NFL in the coming years?!

Enjoy the games!

Mark Schultz is a high school football official, freelance writer and journalist. He first became interested in officiating when he was six years old, was watching a NFL game with his father and asked the fateful question, "Dad, what are those guys in the striped shirts doing?"