As we prepare for the four divisional round playoff games this weekend, let’s take a quick look at the some of the officiating highlights.
One making his on field debut
Umpire Alan Eck makes his on-field playoff debut this weekend. He will officiate the Bills-Chiefs game Sunday night. Eck is in his sixth season as a NFL official–working field judge and umpire. Prior to this assignment, Eck was assigned as an alternate to three playoff games.
Two impressive streaks
In the past several years, even the best officials miss an on field playoff assignment due to injury, get caught out in a numbers game and get an alternate assignment, or have a below-average season and miss altogether.
Line judge Mark Perlman works the Bengals-Titans game this weekend. This is his 19th straight season with an on field assignment. In 21 seasons, Perlman has worked 23 playoff games, including three conference championships and three Super Bowls.
Kent Payne works his 17th straight season with an on field playoff assignment. He’ll work with Perlman this weekend in Tennessee. The 18-year vet has worked 21 playoff games including an amazing eight conference championships and three Super Bowls.
Congratulations to these two officials for producing playoff-caliber officiating quality so consistently over four presidential administrations.
Best wishes to this weekend’s crews for a safe and well-officiated game!