Dick Dolack, Super Bowl IX field judge, passes away

Francis Richard Anthony "Dick" Dolack, 1934-2018 Dick Dolack, an NFL official for 26 years passed away Dec. 29, 2018, according to a report in Referee magazine. Dolack worked as a field judge (the position now identified as a back judge) in the NFL from 1965-1991 and wore number 31 for most of

Red Cashion, 2-time Super Bowl referee, dies at age 87

Mason L. "Red" Cashion Jr., 1931-2019 Red Cashion, perhaps one of the most recognizable NFL referees in the 1980s and '90s and who delighted millions with his enthusiastic "First dowwwwn" call, passed away Sunday at the age of 87, according to a report from The Eagle of Bryan, Texas. Cashion worked 25 seasons

Former NFL line judge, Art Holst passes away

Arthur J. Holst, 1922 - 2018 Art Holst (pictured above, second from the right, in glasses) passed away December 18, 2018, at age 96. At the time of his death, we think he is was the oldest-living official. Holst was born in Galesburg, Illinois in 1922, and lived most of his adult

Former NFL umpire Rex Stuart passes away

Embed from Getty Images  Rex Stuart, 1941 - 2018 John Rex Stuart, a retired NFL umpire and replay official, died on March 6, at the age of 76. The Lincolnton, N.C. native officiated in the NFL from 1984 to 1997 and wore number 103 his entire career. Stuart played college football at Appalachian

Former NFL official Jerry Bergman passes away

Embed from Getty Images   Gerard Bergman 1929-2017 Gerard R. "Jerry" Bergman, officiating patriarch who had two sons follow his footsteps to the NFL, passed away in May. He was 87, and had suffered from dementia for the last few years. Bergman wore number 17 on his jersey his entire career. The elder Bergman had

Fred Swearingen, referee for the Immaculate Reception, passes away

Frederick Swearingen 1921-2016 Former NFL referee and field judge Fred Swearingen, who presided over the Immaculate Reception, passed away Dec. 16, 2016, at the age of 95. Swearingen was a NFL field judge (now back judge) and referee from 1960 until 1980. A native of Ohio, Swearingen served in the Navy during

4-time Super Bowl umpire Art Demmas passes away at 82

Former NFL umpire Art Demmas died August 6 in Nashville at the age of 82, according to Mike Organ of The Tennessean. Demmas was originally hired by the American Football League and continued in the NFL beginning in 1970 after the two leagues merged.Born in St. Louis, Demmas earned fame