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Officiating crews for the 2021 season

The list of the 17 crews and swing officials for the 2021 NFL season.



Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2021 NFL season. This season, there is one new official to replace 6 that retired; those hired in the second wave of hires during the 2020 offseason are being retained as permanent officials. There are also 2 veterans designated as swing officials, who will move between crews through the season. Both of the swing officials are deep wings. There are no new referees this season, breaking a string of at least one referee promotion in each of the previous 3 seasons, with 7 promotions in total.

The hiring of only one new official is the fewest number of new hires since the 2013 season, when then-back judge Dale Shaw was the only rookie official hired that season. Six officials have left the field this offseason, including two that opted out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus pandemic.

The NFL has added another woman to the officiating crews with the hiring of line judge Maia Chaka. Additionally, the three centralized replay assistants from the 2020 season, Desiree Abrams, Artenzia Young-Seigler, and Sebrina Brunson, have been assigned to crews for 2021. Also of note, there are two former NFL players on the officiating roster: field judge Nate Jones and umpire Terry Killens.

Senior staff

  • Walt Anderson, senior vice president of officiating training and development — centralized replay representative
  • Perry Fewell, senior vice president of officiating administration — centralized replay representative
  • Bret Ayers, director of video technology

Regional officiating coordinators

  • Garth DeFelice
  • Bill Leavy
  • Wayne Mackie
  • Doug Rosenbaum
  • Gary Slaughter
  • Rob Vernatchi


Crew members are listed with their years of NFL experience, including the upcoming season, the regional crew they were on last season, the crew they were on in the 2019 season, the college attended, and occupations. A replay official and replay assistant are assigned to each crew, however in the 2020 season, there were no crew assignments for these positions.

*indicates an official who is on the same crew as a prior season. Veteran officials who have changed positions from last season are noted on each crew.

Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 122 Brad Allen 8     Pembroke State non-profit CEO
U 102 Bruce Stritesky 16 * Vinovich Embry Riddle airline pilot
DJ 113 Danny Short 5 * Cheffers North Carolina-Charlotte executive director, global sales operations
LJ 85 Daniel Gallagher 2 * NA Kent State
FJ 15 Rick Patterson 26 * Anderson Wofford banker
SJ 41 Boris Cheek 26 * Corrente Morgan State retired director of operations and management
BJ 38 Greg Yette 12 Torbert * Howard defense contractor
ROCarl Madsen12HochuliWashington St. Louisoffice furniture rep, retired NFL official (U, 12 seasons)
RALarry Hanson2NACalifornia-San Diegohealth and safety
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 34 Clete Blakeman 14     Nebraska attorney
U 110 Tab Slaughter 2 Rogers NA Arkansas State chief operating officer
DJ 8 Dana McKenzie 14 Kemp Corrente Toledo claims adjuster
LJ 10 Julian Mapp 13 Boger Rogers Grambling State software quality assurance tester
FJ 3 Scott Edwards 23 Novak Torbert Alabama environmental engineer
SJ 18 Clay Reynard 2 Cheffers NA California-Davis customer service representative
BJ 46 Perry Paganelli 24 Vinovich * Hope College retired high school administrator
ROChad Adams†4—Torbert (RA)Cincinnatioperations
RAWillie Vizoso4—NovakMiami Dade CollegeIT consultant
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 23 Jerome Boger 18     Morehouse College retired commercial insurance underwriter
U 20 Barry Anderson 15 * Allen North Carolina State builder/developer
DJ 44 Frank LeBlanc 2 Martin NA Lamar Institute of Technology neighborhood services manager
LJ 59 Rusty Baynes 12 * * Auburn-Montgomery general manager, safety services
FJ 22 Steve Zimmer 25 Hussey Allen Hofstra attorney
SJ 120 Jonah Monroe 7 Torbert * Arkansas engineer
BJ 17 Steve Patrick 8 Martin Vinovich Jacksonville State owner, supply company
RORoss Smith3—BogerLSUretired
RAGerald Frye2—NAGannonveterinarian
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 51 Carl Cheffers 22     California-Irvine sales manager
U 33 Tra Blake 2 (swing) NA Central Florida software quality assurance manager
DJ 91 Jerry Bergman 20 Wrolstad Blakeman Robert Morris sales executive
LJ 45 Jeff Seeman 20 Vinovich * Minnesota brokerage sales
FJ 42 Nate Jones 3 Rogers Martin Rutgers firefighter/EMT
SJ 103 Eugene Hall 8 Rogers * North Texas federal agent
BJ 96 Matt Edwards 4 Kemp * Western Michigan healthcare sales
ROAndrew Lambert4—Cheffers (RA)Central Virginia Community Collegebusiness development
RAKirt Shay3—HillXavierteacher
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 130 Land Clark 4   Hill Sevier Valley Tech chief building official
U 121 Paul King 13 Hill Hochuli Nichols College teacher
DJ 68 Tom Stephan 23 Blakeman Anderson Pittsburg State retired business broker
LJ 40 Brian Bolinger 5 Hussey Allen Indiana State corporate safety director
FJ 72 Michael Banks 20 Blakeman Cheffers Illinois State carpenter foreman
SJ 90 Anthony Flemming 2 Corrente NA Texas A&M-Commerce
BJ 78 Greg Meyer 20 Rogers Hill Texas Christian banker
ROJimmy Oldham14—AllenArkansas Statefinancial advisor
RADesiree Abrams2replay centerNAFlorida A&Mprogram manager
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 99 Tony Corrente 27     Cal State-Fullerton former college officiating coordinator, retired educator
U 64 Dan Ferrell 19 * (swing) Cal State-Fullerton retired logistics and supply chain executive
DJ 13 Patrick Turner 8 Cheffers Wrolstad Cal State-Long Beach plant manager
LJ 47 Tim Podraza 14 Cheffers * Nebraska business performance consultant
FJ 36 Anthony Jeffries 4 Boger * Alabama-Birmingham medical sales
SJ 58 Don Willard 4 Vinovich Rogers Illinois State physical therapist
BJ 30 Todd Prukop 13 * * Cal State-Fullerton medical sales representative
ROJohn McGrath5—RogersKentuckyretired NFL official (HL, 15 seasons)
RAArtenzia Young-Seigler2replay centerNAPaul Quinn Collegecollege professor
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 29 Adrian Hill 12     Buffalo aerospace software engineer
U 81 Roy Ellison 19 Hussey * Savannah State IT engineer
DJ 24 David Oliver 5 Novak * Baker information systems manager
LJ 75 Mark Stewart 4 Clark * Pittsburg State rancher
FJ 31 Mearl Robinson 5 Clark Vinovich Air Force retired U.S. Air Force instructor
SJ 5 Jim Quirk 12 * * Middlebury financial advisor
BJ 61 Keith Ferguson 22 Wrolstad Anderson San Jose State sales
RORoddy Ames4—BogerColby Collegeattorney
RAJoe Wollan2—NASt. Thomasrecruiting
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 83 Shawn Hochuli 8     Claremont financial advisor
U 77 Terry Killens 3 Martin Torbert Penn State campus security specialist
DJ 134 Ed Camp 22 Hill * William Paterson physical education teacher
LJ 98 Greg Bradley 13 Kemp * Tennessee chemical engineer
FJ 97 Tom Hill 23 * * Carson Newman retired teacher/coach
SJ 125 Chad Hill 4 * Novak Mississippi medical sales
BJ 39 Rich Martinez 8 * * Canisius sales manager
ROTyler Cerimeli4—Hochuli (RA)Arizona Statehigh school officials coordinator
RAMark Bitar2—NASeton Hallteacher
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 35 John Hussey 20     Idaho State sales representative
U 76 Alan Eck 6 Clark * Bloomsburg State tax manager
DJ 53 Sarah Thomas 7 Hochuli Torbert Mobile sales representative
LJ 101 Carl Johnson 18 Hochuli * Nicholls State retired sales manager, former full-time official
FJ 26 Jabir Walker 7 Kemp * Murray State middle school teacher
SJ 56 Allen Baynes 14 * * Auburn realtor
BJ 88 Brad Freeman 8 Boger * Mississippi State sports park director
ROJamie Nicholson4—Hussey (RA)Ferris Stateteacher
RADenise Crudup2—NAWilmingtonaccounts payable analyst
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 55 Alex Kemp 8     Central Michigan insurance agent
U 49 Rich Hall 18 Cheffers * Arizona custom cabinetry
DJ 63 Mike Carr 5 Vinovich * Wisconsin athletic director
LJ 32 Jeff Bergman 29 (opt out) * Robert Morris president and chief executive officer, medical services
FJ 117 John Jenkins 8 Novak * St. Mary’s sales executive
SJ 104 Dale Shaw 9 Boger * Allegheny pharmaceutical sales
BJ 93 Scott Helverson 19 Blakeman Wrolstad Iowa sales, printing and promotions
ROMike Chase5—KempArizona Statesenior portfolio manager
RADurwood Manley3—RogersLubbock Christiansales territory manager
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 19 Clay Martin 7     Oklahoma Baptist high school administrator
U 11 Fred Bryan 13 Blakeman * Northern Iowa superintendent, juvenile correctional facility
DJ 6 Jerod Phillips 6 Rogers * Northeastern State elementary school teacher
LJ 100 Maia Chaka 1 NA NA Norfolk State health and physical education teacher
FJ 95 James Coleman 17 Torbert Hochuli Arkansas electrical engineer
SJ 73 Joe Larrew 19 (opt out) Blakeman St Louis attorney
BJ 119 Greg Wilson 14 Cheffers * USC retired police officer
ROBrian Matoren17—AndersonFloridawriter/producer
RARandy Campbell2—NAKansas Stateoil and gas
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 1 Scott Novak 8     Phoenix sales manager
U 128 Ramon George 6 Hochuli * Lenoir-Rhyne financial underwriter
DJ 74 Derick Bowers 19 Martin * East Central sales representative
LJ 65 Walt Coleman IV 7 Rogers * Southern Methodist portfolio manager
FJ 116 Mike Weatherford 20 Martin * Oklahoma State oil and gas business
SJ 118 David Meslow 11 Vinovich Boger Augsburg College sales executive
BJ 111 Terrence Miles 14 * * Arizona State quality control manager
ROMatt Sumstine4—BlakemanPhoenixreal estate
RALarry Hill Jr.2—NAHamptonjudge
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 126 Brad Rogers 5     Lubbock Christian college professor
U 124 Carl Paganelli 22 Kemp Boger Michigan State retired federal probation officer
DJ 79 Kent Payne 18 Novak * Nebraska Wesleyan agribusinessman
LJ 87 Tom Eaton 2 Wrolstad NA Central Florida
FJ 50 Aaron Santi 7 Wrolstad * Southern Oregon middle school principal
SJ 114 Dominique Pender 2 (swing) NA Howard
BJ 12 Greg Steed 19 Hill * Howard computer systems analyst
ROKevin Brown3—NAPurdueretired air traffic controller
RABob Hubbell2—NATexas A&Msteel sales
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 14 Shawn Smith 7     Ferris State finance
U 92 Bryan Neale 8 * * Indiana sales consultant
DJ 28 Mark Hittner 25 Blakeman * Pittsburg State investment broker
LJ 123 Mike Dolce 2 * NA Grand Valley State wealth management advisor
FJ 109 Dyrol Prioleau 15 * * Johnson C Smith manager, law firm
SJ 107 Dave Hawkshaw 3 Wrolstad * Justice Institute of B.C. firefighter
BJ 105 Dino Paganelli 16 * * Aquinas College educator
ROMike Wimmer19—SmithNYUproducer
RASebrina Brunson2replay centerNAFlorida Atlanticcase specialist
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 62 Ron Torbert 12     Michigan State attorney
U 131 Mark Pellis 8 * Cheffers Allegheny financial advisor
DJ 16 Kevin Codey 7 Hill Hussey Western New England middle school physical education teacher
LJ 84 Mark Steinkerchner 28 Smith * Akron vice president
FJ 25 Ryan Dickson 5 Corrente * Utah commercial real estate developer
SJ 7 Keith Washington 14 Hill (swing) Virginia Military Institute program financial analyst
BJ 67 Tony Josselyn 4 (swing) * Eastern Kentucky probation officer
ROSaleem Choudhry4TorbertBaldwin-WallacePro Football Hall of Fame executive
ROMeddie Kalegi NA
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 52 Bill Vinovich 16     San Diego certified public accountant
U 115 Tony Michalek 20 * Rogers Indiana chief executive officer
DJ 106 Patrick Holt 3 Torbert Boger North Carolina State IT manager
LJ 9 Mark Perlman 21 Corrente * Salem teacher
FJ 57 Joe Blubaugh 2 Blakeman NA Pittsburg State regional sales manager
SJ 86 Jimmy Buchanan 13 Smith Blakeman South Carolina State food service director
BJ 82 Jimmy Russell 3 Allen Allen Pasco Hernando State insurance agent
ROMark Butterworth5—VinovichWalshnon-profit COO
RAYvonda Lewis3—AllenPrairie View A&Msystem administrator
Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 4 Craig Wrolstad 19     Washington athletic director
U 54 Steve Woods 5 Novak * Wabash financial advisor
DJ 48 Jim Mello 18 Torbert Allen Northeastern facilities manager
LJ 37 Tripp Sutter 3 Clark * Nebraska biopharmaceutical rep
FJ 43 Terry Brown 16 Kemp * Tennessee court director
SJ 21 Jeff Lamberth 20 Martin * Texas A&M attorney
BJ 27 Grantis Bell 2 Hussey NA West Virginia
ROKevin Stine4—Anderson (RA)Alabama-Birminghamregional sales manager
RAGavin Anderson3—MartinGreen Riverpolice officer

Swing officials

Note: Swing officials can be assigned to work the opposite wing position.

      Yrs 2020 crew 2019 crew College Occupation
FJ 60 Gary Cavaletto 19 Cheffers Vinovich Hancock general manager, agricultural operations
FJ 80 Greg Gautreaux 19 (opt out) Martin SW Louisiana athletic programs manager

Cam Filipe is a forensic scientist and has been involved in football officiating for 12 years. Cam is in his fourth season as a high school football official. This is his ninth season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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