We recognize with profound respect all those who have served our country on this day. As we pause today to reflect on their exceptional sacrifices in the defense of liberty and freedom, we also salute the veterans on the NFL officiating staff.
“Each year it is our honor to join in saluting our nation’s veterans, active duty service members and their families,” said NFL Referees Association president Carl Paganelli. “They make extraordinary sacrifices to protect all Americans, and today the NFLRA thanks those in our ranks who have served our country.”Embed from Getty Images
LJ59 Rusty Baynes, U.S. Marine Corps, 1988-94, working the Commanders-Seahawks game this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
LJ44 SSgt. Frank LeBlanc, Texas Army National Guard, 1983-2004, who is off this weekendEmbed from Getty Images
FJ109 Dyrol Prioleau, U.S. Air Force, 1982-2005, working the Lions-Chargers game this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
FJ31 Tech Sgt. Mearl Robinson, U.S. Air Force, 1998-2018, working the Saints-Vikings game this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
BJ12 Greg Steed, U.S. Marine Corps and Reserves, 1986-94, also working the Saints-Vikings game.
RO Matt Sumstine, U.S. Navy, 1980-84, working the Packers-Steelers game this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
BJ38 Greg Yette, U.S. Army Infantry, 1991-92, working the 49ers-Jaguars game this weekend.
RO Artenzia Young-Seigler, U.S. Army, U.S. Army National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve, 1997-2005
We also extend our thanks to our colleague, Football Zebras writer Rich Madrid, a 10-year U.S. Navy veteran who was deployed three times to the Middle East.
In time, we may see many more veterans in stripes, thanks to Battlefields to Ballfields — a charitable organization founded in 2016 by Mike Pereira that trains and equips veterans for officiating.
Photos: Getty Images, NFL handout photos