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NFL Announces The Roster Of Officials For 2016

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While it may not be the most glamorous day of the NFL season, the release of the 2016 roster of officials still holds quite a bit of importance.

If you need reminding about how important it is to have well-officiated games, let me direct you to this article highlighting the top 10 miscues of replacement refs during the 2012 NFL referee lockout.

The replacement refs of 2012 were about as effective at controlling a professional football game as a screen door would be at keeping water out of a submarine, and players and fans alike ought to be thankful there will be no such lockout this season.

This year’s slate of officials are highlighted by esteemed veterans such as Walt Coleman (who enters his 28th season) and Ed Hochuli (entering his 27th).

Carl Paganelli leads the roster in Super Bowl experience having umpired four of the last twelve Super Bowls.

This season the NFL will have five “swing officials,” who will work with a variety of teams throughout the season. In further efforts to encourage consistency from all of their teams of officials, the National Football League has put emphasis on more rotation of officials from crew to crew, which will serve as a type of internal control.

There will be three father/son tandems this year on the list of officials; Walt Coleman and his son Walt Coleman Jr., Ed Hochuli and Shawn Hochuli and Steve Freeman and Brad Freeman. I sympathize with Shawn Hochuli who will continue to be overshadowed by his 65-year-old father’s biceps for the foreseeable future.

One can expect an emphasis on player safety this season, as Seattle Seahawks Ricardo Lockette‘s retirement at the age of 30 after a serious neck injury will undoubtedly result in further scrutiny of NFL officiating this season.

You can find the entire roster of 2016 officials below.


No. Name Pos. College Crew NFL Exp.

(Including 2016)

122 Brad Allen R Pembroke State Allen 3
20 Barry Anderson U North Carolina State Wrolstad 10
66 Walt Anderson R Texas Anderson 21
108 Gary Arthur LJ Wright State Steratore 20
72 Michael Banks FJ Illinois State Vinovich 15
56 Allen Baynes SJ Auburn Hussey 9
59 Rusty Baynes LJ Auburn-Montgomery Hochuli 7
32 Jeff Bergman HL Robert Morris Triplette 25
91 Jerry Bergman HL Robert Morris McAulay 15
34 Clete Blakeman R Nebraska Blakeman 9
23 Jerome Boger R Morehouse Boger 13
18 Byron Boston LJ Austin Anderson 22
74 Derick Bowers HL East Central Coleman 14
98 Greg Bradley HL Tennessee Hochuli 8
43 Terry Brown FJ Tennessee-Knoxville Coleman 11
11 Fred Bryan U Northern Iowa Allen 8
86 Jimmy Buchanan FJ South Carolina State Hussey 8
134 Ed Camp HL William Paterson Boger 17
60 Gary Cavaletto SJ Hancock Vinovich 14
41 Boris Cheek SJ Morgan State Morelli 21
51 Carl Cheffers R California-Irvine Cheffers 17
 16 Kevin Codey LJ Western New England Coleman 2
95 James Coleman FJ Arkansas Swing 12
65 Walt Coleman R Arkansas Coleman 28
87 Walt Coleman IV SJ Southern Methodist Boger 2
99 Tony Corrente R Cal State-Fullerton Corrente 22
94 Hugo Cruz HL Texas-Pan American Blakeman 2
27 Lee Dyer BJ Tennessee-Chattanooga Wrolstad 14
76 Alan Eck SJ Bloomsburg Coleman 1
3 Scott Edwards FJ Alabama Triplette 18
81 Roy Ellison U Savannah State Steratore 14
61 Keith Ferguson BJ San Jose State Hussey 17
64 Dan Ferrell U Cal State-Fullerton Corrente 14
71 Ruben Fowler U Huston-Tillotson Cheffers 11
88 Brad Freeman FJ Mississippi State Cheffers 3
133 Steve Freeman BJ Mississippi State Triplette 16
80 Greg Gautreaux SJ S.W. Louisiana Torbert 15
128 Ramon George U Lenoir Rhyne Blakeman 1
103 Eugene Hall FJ North Texas Boger 3
49 Rich Hall U Arizona Boger 13
40 Butch Hannah U Middle Tennessee State Anderson 18
125 Laird Hayes SJ Princeton Anderson 22
93 Scott Helverson BJ Iowa Hochuli 14
29 Adrian Hill FJ Buffalo Blakeman 7
97 Tom Hill FJ Carson Newman Allen 18
28 Mark Hittner HL Pittsburg State Wrolstad 20
85 Ed Hochuli R Texas-El Paso Hochuli 27
83 Shawn Hochuli BJ Claremont Allen 3
82 Buddy Horton FJ Oregon State Corrente 18
37 Jim Howey HL Erskine Torbert 18
35 John Hussey R Idaho State Hussey 15
117 John Jenkins FJ St. Mary’s Anderson 3
101 Carl Johnson LJ Nicholls State Morelli 13
55 Alex Kemp SJ Central Michigan Hochuli 3
121 Paul King U Nicholls State Torbert 8
21 Jeff Lamberth SJ Texas A&M Wrolstad 15
73 Joe Larrew SJ St. Louis Blakeman 15
2 Bart Longson LJ Brigham Young Corrente 2
89 Jon Lucivansky SJ Minnesota Swing 8
106 Wayne Mackie HL Colgate Hussey 10
10 Julian Mapp LJ Grambling State Wrolstad 8
107 Ron Marinucci LJ Glassboro State Hussey 20
19 Clay Martin U Oklahoma Baptist Hochuli 2
39 Rich Martinez BJ Canisius McAulay 3
77 Terry McAulay R Louisiana State McAulay 19
5 John McGrath HL Kentucky Parry 15
8 Dana McKenzie LJ Toledo Boger 9
110 Phil McKinnely HL UCLA Vinovich 15
48 Jim Mello HL Northeastern Allen 13
118 Dave Meslow SJ Augsburg Allen 6
78 Greg Meyer BJ Texas Christian Vinovich 15
115 Tony Michalek U Indiana Hussey 15
111 Terrence Miles BJ Arizona State Coleman 9
120 Jonah Monroe SJ Arkansas McAulay 2
135 Pete Morelli R St. Mary’s Morelli 20
92 Bryan Neale U Indiana Morelli 3
1 Scott Novak SJ Phoenix Cheffers 3
124 Carl Paganelli U Michigan State Swing 18
105 Dino Paganelli BJ Aquinas Steratore 11
46 Perry Paganelli BJ Hope Parry 19
132 John Parry R Purdue Parry 17
17 Steve Patrick BJ Jacksonville State Blakeman 3
15 Rick Patterson FJ Wofford McAulay 21
79 Kent Payne HL Nebraska Wesleyan Cheffers 13
131 Mark Pellis U Allegheny Parry 3
9 Mark Perlman LJ Salem Vinovich 16
6 Jerod Phillips HL Northeastern State Anderson 1
47 Tim Podraza LJ Nebraska Cheffers 9
109 Dyrol Prioleau SJ Johnson C. Smith Triplette 10
30 Todd Prukop BJ Cal State-Fullerton Corrente 8
63 Jim Quirk BJ Middlebury Cheffers 7
44 Jeff Rice U Northwestern Coleman 22
67 Doug Rosenbaum FJ Illinois Wesleyan Morelli 16
50 Aaron Santi FJ Southern Oregon Torbert 2
129 Bill Schuster U Alfred Swing 17
45 Jeff Seeman LJ Minnesota Parry 15
104 Dale Shaw FJ Allegheny Hochuli 4
14 Shawn Smith U Ferris State Triplette 2
90 Mike Spanier LJ St. Cloud State Swing 18
12 Greg Steed BJ Howard Morelli 14
84 Mark Steinkerchner LJ Akron Torbert 23
22 Steve Stelljes HL Friends Morelli 15
68 Tom Stephan LJ Pittsburg State McAulay 18
114 Gene Steratore R Kent State Steratore 14
112 Tony Steratore BJ California Boger 17
102 Bruce Stritesky U Embry Riddle Vinovich 11
100 Tom Symonette LJ Florida Allen 13
53 Sarah Thomas LJ University of Mobile Triplette 2
62 Ron Torbert R Michigan State Torbert 7
42 Jeff Triplette R Wake Forest Triplette 21
13 Patrick Turner HL Cal State-Long Beach Corrente 3
75 Rob Vernatchi SJ California-Riverside Corrente 13
36 Tony Veteri LJ Manhattan Blakeman 25
52 Bill Vinovich R San Diego Vinovich 11
25 Bob Waggoner SJ Juniata Steratore 20
123 Ed Walker HL San Jose State Steratore 3
26 Jabir Walker FJ Murray State Parry 2
96 Undrey Wash U Texas-Arlington McAulay 17
7 Keith Washington SJ Virginia Military Institute Parry 9
116 Mike Weatherford FJ Oklahoma State Steratore 15
119 Greg Wilson BJ USC Anderson 9
4 Craig Wrolstad R Washington Wrolstad 14
38 Greg Yette BJ Howard Torbert 7
33 Steve Zimmer FJ Hofstra Wrolstad 20

2016 Roster of Officials Confirmed




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