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
Hendi Andrew Ancich Sr., 1937-2017
Former NFL umpire Hendi Ancich died December 20, 2017. Ancich worked as a NFL official from 1982 - 1998. He wore number 115 on his uniform his entire career.
Ancich was born on the island of Brac, off the coast of Yugoslavia in 1937. His family emigrated
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
The Football Zebras staff -- with the assistance of our affiliated forum, Behind the Football Stripes -- has examined the Super Bowls of years past for the work of the officials who, in a given year, achieve the honor of the best of the best. While every team competes for
The Football Zebras staff -- with the assistance of our affiliated forum, Behind the Football Stripes -- has examined the Super Bowls of years past for the work of the officials who, in a given year, attain the honor of the best of the best. While every team competes for
With 12 vacancies filled in the last few months, how will the NFL approach filling a 13th spot after the resignation of referee Mike Carey? The NFL could hire another official from college, persuade a recently retired official to come back for one more season, or they could go
Gerald E. Hart 1931-2014
Former NFL official Gerald Hart has passed away as reported by Ed Bouchette in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was 83.
Hart, a native of New York, played football at West Point and Notre Dame. He took up officiating after his playing career was over and joined the AFL
Vital proving grounds for white hat candidates no longer exist
Commentary by Mark Schultz
The NFL could be having a white hat problem in the next few years. Several referees have put in 20 or more years of service, meaning that their retirement window is starting to open. There are at least
How does the NFL get their new officials up to speed?
Larry Upson knows what it is like to be hired into the NFL. Upson was an NFL official from 1993-98 before moving into the front office to become Mike Pereira's assistant. Upson then became supervisor of the now defunct United
Any one of them can either do or not do something that saves the crew or kills the crew — either one.
— former NFL referee Red Cashion in The Third Team by Richard Lister
There was a great deal of interest generated in Week 1 when Randall Cobb returned a punt 75