Mike Defee, a former Big 12 referee and current referee trainer for the NFL, is the new coordinator of football officials for Conference USA.
Defee replaces Gerald Austin. Defee will retain his post as a trainer for referees and new NFL officials. Austin will continue to work with the conference
It is always good to get a playoff assignment, and after the 1992 season, referee Dale Hamer was assigned to the Philadelphia Eagles - New Orleans Saints wild card game in New Orleans.
Officials want to get in and get out without any recognition, but when John Madden is giving praise
Don Hakes, a NFL official for 22 years and a three-time Super Bowl field judge and back judge passed away on April 1, 2021 at the age of 87.
2021 has gotten off to a rough start as retired NFL officials Ron Botchan, Bob Boylston and Fred Wyant passed away in
Mark Baltz, a former NFL head linesman (now called down judge) is the NFL Referees Association 2021 Honoree. The NFLRA made the announcement last week.
In a NFLRA news release, Baltz commented,
It is truly an honor to have been selected by my friends and peers with whom I worked on the
Fred Wyant, an all-American quarterback for the West Virginia University Mountaineers, and a NFL official from 1966 to 1992, died on March 20, at the age of 86.
In his 27-year career, Wyant worked five playoff games one the field, four at referee: four divisionals and one wild card round. He
The NFL will reportedly consider changing the rules to make roughing the passer a reviewable play for the 2021 NFL season. This appears to be a proposal submitted to the Competition Committee from one or more teams.
It is a proposal that should send shivers down everyone's spine.
Over the years, the
Retiring officials sometimes leave their shoes on the field after their last game.
Football Zebras has learned that officials Ruben Fowler, Tom Symonette and Bart Longson will not return to the National Football League in the 2021 season. Typically, the NFL does not announce why an official leaves the league, although
The NFL announced Thursday that it is forming a closer officiating relationship with select college conferences to improve "the officiating pipeline."
The goal is to share NFL mechanics, technology and resources with college partners, expand recruiting opportunities, provide more opportunities for women and minorities and strengthen officials' training.
The Big Ten, Conference
The NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) has announced that former NFL official and NFLRA Executive Director, Tim Millis, is the winner of the 2020 Honoree Award.
In a news release, the NFLRA says the award is to recognize Millis for his 13-year career as a NFL official and for his work as
Back in the day, it was quite rare for network television to do a feature story on the NFL officials.
In 1985, The NFL Today did a feature on referee Dick Jorgensen and his crew.
Jorgensen's crew in 1985 was umpire Neil Gereb, head linesman Ron Phares, line judge Dick McKenzie (father