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Carl Cheffers will officiate 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game

Carl Cheffers will be the referee for the first game of the 2022 NFL season, in Canton, Ohio.



The NFL’s 103rd 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 Carl Cheffers, who is beginning his 23rd season and 15th as referee, will don the white hat in the first preseason game of 2022 between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Las Vegas Raiders. He will lead a mixed crew for the game. The Thursday night game will be aired on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.

The mixed crew for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Game will feature the longest-tenured official at each position, with a combined 181 seasons of NFL experience among the seven men.

This is Cheffers’ second Pro Football Hall of Fame Game assignment; he was the referee for the 2015 edition between the Steelers and Vikings. This is the first game that brothers Carl and Perry Paganelli will be officiating together since Super Bowl XLI.

Yrs2022 crewCollegeOccupation
R 51 Carl Cheffers 23   California-Irvine sales manager
U 124 Carl Paganelli 23 Rogers Michigan State retired federal probation officer
DJ 28 Mark Hittner 26 Smith Pittsburg State investment broker
LJ 32 Jeff Bergman 30 Kemp Robert Morris president and chief executive officer, medical services
FJ 15 Rick Patterson 27 Allen Wofford banker
SJ 41 Boris Cheek 27 Allen Morgan State retired director of operations and management
BJ 46 Perry Paganelli 25 Blakeman Hope College retired high school administrator

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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