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2023 preseason

Adrian Hill is assigned to the Hall of Fame Game

Adrian Hill will be the referee for the first game of the 2023 NFL season, in Canton, Ohio.



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The NFL’s 104th season begins Thursday night at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, the birthplace of professional football. Football Zebras has confirmed that Adrian Hill, who is commencing his 14th season and 5th as referee, will lead a mixed crew in the first preseason game of 2023 between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns.

This is Hill’s first Pro Football Hall of Fame Game assignment at any position. His mixed crew has 133 years of combined on-field officiating experience. The Thursday night game will be aired on NBC beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Yrs2023 crewCollegeOccupation
R29Adrian Hill14 Buffaloaerospace software engineer
U81Roy Ellison21HillSavannah StateIT engineer
DJ48Jim Mello20WrolstadNortheasternfacilities manager
LJ9Mark Perlman23VinovichSalemteacher
FJ43Terry Brown18BlakemanTennesseecourt director
SJ7Keith Washington16TorbertVirginia Military Instituteprogram financial analyst
BJ12Greg Steed21HillHowardcomputer systems analyst
ROMark Butterworth7VinovichWalshnon-profit COO
RAJulie Johnson1Vinovich