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Blakeman, Torbert, Hochuli, and Hussey are Divisional Playoff referees

Football Zebras has confirmed the referees for the Divisional Playoffs. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years of NFL experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee’s name), college, and outside occupation.

All times are Eastern.

Five alternates are assigned to each game: a referee, an umpire, a line of scrimmage official (down judge or line judge), a deep wing official (field judge or side judge), and a back judge.

The prior playoff experience that is listed for the crew chief includes his service as an NFL official, including as referee and any other crew position (excluding alternate assignments). Also of note, the eventual Super Bowl officials are on the field for this weekend’s games, but not all are from the same crew.

Scheduled assignments are subject to change.

Saturday, Jan. 22

AFC Divisional: Bengals at Titans, 4:30 p.m. CBS Para+

Clete Blakeman is the referee, who is in his 14th season and 12th as referee. This is Blakeman’s 12th postseason assignment, including 4 Wild Card Playoffs, 4 Divisional Playoffs, 3 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl 50.

Yrs2021 crewCollegeOccupation
R34Clete Blakeman14 Nebraskaattorney
U115Tony Michalek20VinovichIndianachief executive officer
DJ79Kent Payne18RogersNebraska Wesleyanagribusinessman
LJ9Mark Perlman21VinovichSalemteacher
FJ36Anthony Jeffries4CorrenteAlabama-Birminghammedical sales
SJ58Don Willard4CorrenteIllinois Statephysical therapist
BJ38Greg Yette12AllenHowarddefense contractor
RO Mike Wimmer19SmithNYUproducer
RA Sebrina Brunson2SmithFlorida Atlanticcase specialist
ALTRCraig Wrolstad19 Washingtonathletic director
ALTURamon George6NovakLenoir-Rhynefinancial underwriter
ALTLJWalt Coleman IV7NovakSouthern Methodistportfolio manager
ALTFJNate Jones3CheffersRutgersfirefighter/EMT
ALTBJPerry Paganelli24BlakemanHope Collegeretired high school administrator

NFC Divisional: 49ers at Packers, 8:15 p.m. Fox

Ron Torbert is the referee, who is in his 12th season and 8th as referee. This is Torbert’s 9th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs and 6 Divisional Playoffs.

Yrs2021 crewCollegeOccupation
R62Ron Torbert12 Michigan Stateattorney
U92Bryan Neale8SmithIndianasales consultant
DJ24David Oliver5HillBakerinformation systems manager
LJ59Rusty Baynes12BogerAuburn-Montgomerygeneral manager, safety services
FJ25Ryan Dickson5TorbertUtahcommercial real estate developer
SJ41Boris Cheek26AllenMorgan Stateretired director of operations and management
BJ93Scott Helverson19KempIowasales, printing and promotions
RO Roddy Ames4HillColby Collegeattorney
RA Joe Wollan2HillSt. Thomasrecruiting
ALTRBrad Allen8 Pembroke Statenon-profit CEO
ALTUTab Slaughter2BlakemanArkansas Statechief operating officer
ALTDJJerod Phillips6MartinNortheastern Stateelementary school teacher
ALTFJMike Weatherford20NovakOklahoma Stateoil and gas business
ALTBJTony Josselyn4TorbertEastern Kentuckyprobation officer

Sunday, Jan. 23

NFC Divisional: Rams at Buccaneers, 3:00 p.m. NBC Peacock

Shawn Hochuli is the referee, who is in his 8th season and 4th as referee. This is Hochuli’s 6th postseason assignment, including a Wild Card Playoff and 5 Divisional Playoffs.

Yrs2021 crewCollegeOccupation
R83Shawn Hochuli8 Claremontfinancial advisor
U77Terry Killens3HochuliPenn Statecampus security specialist
DJ74Derick Bowers19NovakEast Centralsales representative
LJ98Greg Bradley13HochuliTennesseechemical engineer
FJ43Terry Brown16WrolstadTennesseecourt director
SJ7Keith Washington14TorbertVirginia Military Instituteprogram financial analyst
BJ105Dino Paganelli16SmithAquinas Collegeeducator
RO Tyler Cerimeli4HochuliArizona Statehigh school officials coordinator
RA Mark Bitar2HochuliSeton Hallteacher
ALTRShawn Smith7 Ferris Statefinance
ALTUFred Bryan13MartinNorthern Iowasuperintendent, juvenile correctional facility
ALTDJSarah Thomas7HusseyMobilesales representative
ALTFJMearl Robinson5HillAir Forceretired U.S. Air Force instructor
ALTBJRich Martinez8HochuliCanisiussales manager

AFC Divisional: Bills at Chiefs, 6:30 p.m. CBS Para+

John Hussey is the referee, who is in his 20th season and 7th as referee. This is Hussey’s 15th postseason assignment, including 6 Wild Card Playoffs, 5 Divisional Playoffs, 3 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLV. His Super Bowl assignment was as a line judge.

Yrs2021 crewCollegeOccupation
R35John Hussey20 Idaho Statesales representative
U76Alan Eck6HusseyBloomsburg Statetax manager
DJ28Mark Hittner25SmithPittsburg Stateinvestment broker
LJ101Carl Johnson18HusseyNicholls Stateretired sales manager, former full-time official
FJ15Rick Patterson26AllenWoffordbanker
SJ56Allen Baynes14HusseyAuburnrealtor
BJ30Todd Prukop13CorrenteCal State-Fullertonmedical sales representative
RO Jamie Nicholson4HusseyFerris Stateteacher
RA Denise Crudup2HusseyWilmingtonaccounts payable analyst
ALTRClay Martin7 Oklahoma Baptisthigh school administrator
ALTUCarl Paganelli22RogersMichigan Stateretired federal probation officer
ALTDJJerry Bergman20CheffersRobert Morrissales executive
ALTSJEugene Hall8CheffersNorth Texasfederal agent
ALTBJBrad Freeman8HusseyMississippi Statesports park director
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Cameron Filipe
Cam Filipe is a graduate student at Boston University and has been involved in football officiating for ten years. Cam is in his second season as a high school football official. This is his seventh season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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10 thoughts on “Blakeman, Torbert, Hochuli, and Hussey are Divisional Playoff referees

  1. My Superbowl referee Predictions are
    R Clete Blakeman
    U Bryan Neale
    DJ Kent Payne
    LJ Carl Johnson or Mark Perlman
    FJ Terry Brown
    SJ Boris Cheek
    BJ Todd Prukop or Scott Helverson
    R Ron Torbert
    U Tony Michalek
    DJ Kent Payne or Mark Hittner
    LJ Mark Perlman or Carl Johnson
    FJ Terry Brown
    SJ Boris Cheek
    BJ Todd Prukop or Scott Helverson

  2. Conference Championship Referee Predictions are
    R Bill Vinovich
    U Paul King
    DJ Sarah Thomas
    LJ Walt Coleman IV
    FJ Tom Hill
    SJ Jonah Monroe
    BJ Greg Steed
    R Carl Cheffers
    U Dan Ferrell
    DJ Jerod Phillips
    LJ Jeff Bergman
    FJ Dyrol prioleau
    SJ Eugene Hall
    BJ Terrence Miles
    Probowl Referees
    Tony Corrente or Scott Novak

  3. I wouldn’t be surprised at if tony correntte was awarded the super bowl as his last game

  4. Doesnt the SB referee get chosen from this round?

    Stephen most likely Correntte will be the Pro Bowl referee. Past years the Pro Browl referee was a retiring referee.

  5. John Hussey is arguably the best referee in the NFL. I think Torbert probably gets the nod in this SB, but it is in LA and Hussey/Vinovich to me are the best referees by far in the game currently.

  6. It’s comical to watch people pick out a few not so great officials and reflexively push them as the best. Think 53, 65, 101 as three examples of marginal.

    There are much better – think 63, 48, 8, 91, 98 and 45.

    Hope 62 gets the big game as the white hat. He deserves it.

  7. Conference Championship Referees Predictions
    R Carl Cheffers
    U Dan Ferrell
    DJ Jerod Phillips
    LJ Jeff Bergman
    FJ Dyrol Prioleau
    SJ Eugene Hall
    BJ Terrence Miles
    R Bill Vinovich
    U Paul King
    DJ Sarah Thomas
    LJ Walt Coleman IV
    FJ Tom Hill
    SJ Jonah Monroe
    BJ Greg Steed
    R Shawn Smith
    U Dan Ferrell
    DJ Jerod Phillips
    LJ Jeff Bergman
    FJ Tom Hill or Dyrol prioleau/James Coleman
    SJ Eugene Hall/Jonah Monroe or Joe Larrew
    BJ Terrence Miles

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