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Shawn Smith to officiate 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game

Shawn Smith will be the referee for the first game of the 2021 NFL season, in Canton, Ohio.



The NFL’s 102nd season begins Thursday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Football Zebras has confirmed that Shawn Smith, who is beginning his 7th season and 4th as referee, will lead the crew in the first preseason game of 2021 between the Cowboys and Steelers. He will have his regular crew on hand for the game. The Thursday night game will be aired jointly on Fox and NFL Network, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Yrs2020 crew2019 crewCollegeOccupation
R 14 Shawn Smith 7     Ferris State finance
U 92 Bryan Neale 8 Smith Smith Indiana sales consultant
DJ 28 Mark Hittner 25 Blakeman Smith Pittsburg State investment broker
LJ 123 Mike Dolce 2 Smith NA Grand Valley State wealth management advisor
FJ 109 Dyrol Prioleau 15 Smith Smith Johnson C Smith manager, law firm
SJ 107 Dave Hawkshaw 3 Wrolstad Smith Justice Institute of B.C. firefighter
BJ 105 Dino Paganelli 16 Smith Smith Aquinas College educator

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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