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Hussey and Torbert are Conference Championship referees

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Football Zebras has confirmed the assignment of referees John Hussey and Ron Torbert to the Conference Championship games on Sunday. John Hussey will be in Philadelphia for the NFC showdown between the 49ers and Eagles; Ron Torbert will be in Kansas City for the rematch of last season’s AFC Championship between the Bengals and Chiefs.

All times are Eastern.

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).

Sunday, Jan. 29

NFC Championship Game: 49ers at Eagles, 3:00 p.m. Fox

John Hussey is the referee for the NFC Championship Game.

Hussey is in his 21st season and 8th as referee. This is Hussey’s 16th postseason assignment, including 6 Wild Card Playoffs, 5 Divisional Playoffs, 4 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLV. His Super Bowl assignment was as a line judge.

Hussey joined the NFL in 2002 after officiating in the collegiate ranks for both the Western Athletic Conference and the Pac-10 Conference, now the Pac-12. He was promoted to referee in the 2015 season following the retirement of Bill Leavy and after working 13 years as a line judge .

Before his hiring to the NFL staff, he worked in the Arena Football League, and after his NFL hire, he took some reps as a referee in 2007 for NFL Europe, 8 years before his NFL promotion.

Hussey, 58, is from Huntington Beach, Calif., and is the founder and CEO of Cuddly, a fundraising company that supports animal-welfare nonprofit organizations.

      Yrs 2022 crew College Occupation
R 35 John Hussey 21   Idaho State sales representative
U 76 Alan Eck 7 Hussey Bloomsburg State tax manager
DJ 8 Dana McKenzie 15 Blakeman Toledo claims adjuster
LJ 47 Tim Podraza 15 Torbert Nebraska business performance consultant
FJ 26 Jabir Walker 8 Hussey Murray State middle school teacher
SJ 56 Allen Baynes 15 Hussey Auburn realtor
BJ 111 Terrence Miles 15 Novak Arizona State quality control manager
RO   Jamie Nicholson 5 Hussey Ferris State teacher
RA   Larry Hill Jr. 2 Hussey Hampton judge
ALT R Clay Martin 8   Oklahoma Baptist high school administrator
ALT U Terry Killens 4 Hochuli Penn State campus security specialist
ALT DJ Danny Short 6 Kemp North Carolina-Charlotte executive director, global sales operations
ALT LJ Rusty Baynes 13 Boger Auburn-Montgomery general manager, safety services
ALT FJ Joe Blubaugh 3 Vinovich Pittsburg State regional sales manager
ALT SJ Chad Hill 5 Hochuli Mississippi medical sales
ALT BJ Grantis Bell 3 Wrolstad West Virginia school counselor
ALT RO Kevin Brown 4 Cheffers Purdue retired air traffic controller

Alternates will be posted pending confirmation.

AFC Championship Game: Bengals at Chiefs, 6:30 p.m. CBS Para+

Ron Torbert will lead the crew for the AFC Championship Game. Although he is fresh off of his first Super Bowl assignment from last season, this is Torbert’s first Conference Championship.

Torbert is in his 13th season and 9th as referee. This is his 11th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs, 6 Divisional Playoffs, 1 Conference Championship and Super Bowl LVI.

After working up the small college ladder, Torbert worked one year in the Mid-American Conference, followed by four years in the Big Ten Conference. Torbert worked in NFL Europe for the 2007 season, and was hired by the NFL in 2010 as a side judge. He was promoted to referee in 2014 following the retirements of Scott Green and Ron Winter.

Torbert, 59, is an attorney from Hanover, Md.

      Yrs 2022 crew College Occupation
R 62 Ron Torbert 13   Michigan State attorney
U 128 Ramon George 7 Novak Lenoir-Rhyne financial underwriter
DJ 79 Kent Payne 19 Rogers Nebraska Wesleyan agribusinessman
LJ 45 Jeff Seeman 21 Cheffers Minnesota brokerage sales
FJ 97 Tom Hill 24 Blake Carson Newman retired teacher/coach
SJ 41 Boris Cheek 27 Allen Morgan State retired director of operations and management
BJ 30 Todd Prukop 14 Blake Cal State-Fullerton medical sales representative
RO   Roddy Ames 5 Hill Colby College attorney
RA   Joe Wollan 3 Hill St. Thomas recruiting
ALT R Bill Vinovich 17   San Diego certified public accountant
ALT U Mark Pellis 9 Torbert Allegheny financial advisor
ALT DJ Mark Hittner 26 Smith Pittsburg State investment broker
ALT LJ Walt Coleman IV 8 Novak Southern Methodist portfolio manager
ALT FJ Rick Patterson 27 Allen Wofford banker
ALT SJ Keith Washington 15 Torbert Virginia Military Institute program financial analyst
ALT BJ Greg Wilson 15 Martin USC retired police officer
ALT RO Mike Chase 6 Kemp Arizona State senior portfolio manager
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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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6 thoughts on “Hussey and Torbert are Conference Championship referees

  1. I agree with these two I think Cheffers is the correct option for superbowl especially after yesterday he ran perfect game. suprisingly vinvovich had missed a holding and a running nto the kicker

  2. Some of the super bowl and conference championship assignments are not puzzling at all I think if I am correct most if not all the officials who are retiring this year got a playoff game

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