Kelleher Nfl Referee Assignments

Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Divisional Playoffs. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years of NFL experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee’s name), college, and outside occupation.

All times are Eastern.

Three alternates are assigned to each game: generally, one is designated for the offensive backfield (a referee or umpire), one is on the line of scrimmage (down judge or line judge), and one is a deep position (side judge, field judge, or back judge). When alternates are listed, their position during the regular season is also given. The prior playoff experience that is listed for the crew chief includes his service as an NFL official, including as referee and any other crew position (excluding alternate assignments). 

Also of note, the eventual Super Bowl officials are working this weekend’s games, but not all are from the same crew.

Saturday, Jan. 13

Falcons at Eagles, 4:35 p.m. NBC

Bill Vinovich is the referee, who is in his 12th season and 9th as referee. This is his 10th postseason assignment, including 2 Wild Card Playoffs, 4 Divisional Playoffs, 3 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLIX.

R52Bill Vinovich13San Diegoaccountant, former NFL officiating supervisor
U131Mark Pellis4ParryAlleghenyfinancial advisor
DJ134Ed Camp18BogerWilliam Patersonphysical education teacher*
LJ18Byron Boston23AndersonAustintax consultant
FJ97Tom Hill19AllenCarson Newmanteacher*
SJ56Allen Baynes10HusseyAuburnrealtor
BJ83Shawn Hochuli4AllenClaremontfinancial advisor

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay: Charles Stewart
  • Alternates: Terry McAulay (R), Hugo Cruz (DJ), Mike Weatherford (FJ)

Titans at Patriots, 8:15 p.m. CBS

Ron Torbert is the referee, who is in his 8th season and 4th as referee. This is his 6th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs and 3 Divisional Playoffs; he has received a playoff assignment in every year he was eligible.

R62Ron Torbert8Michigan Stateattorney
U102Bruce Stritesky12VinovichEmbry Riddleairline pilot
DJ6Jerod Phillips2AndersonNortheastern Stateelementary school teacher
LJ9Mark Perlman17VinovichSalemteacher*
FJ104Dale Shaw5HochuliAlleghenypharmaceutical sales
SJ3Scott Edwards19TorbertAlabamaenvironmental engineer
BJ46Perry Paganelli20ParryHope Collegeretired high school administrator

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay: Darryll Lewis
  • Alternates: Clete Blakeman (R), Gary Arthur (LJ), Steve Patrick (BJ)

Sunday, Jan. 14

Jaguars at Steelers, 1:05 p.m. CBS

Brad Allen is the referee, who is in his 4th season. This is Allen’s second playoff assignment, and previously worked a Wild Card Playoff. Allen was hired directly to the referee position from the NCAA in 2014. 

R122Brad Allen4Pembroke Statenon-profit CEO*
U20Barry Anderson11WrolstadNorth Carolina Statebuilder/developer*
DJ91Jerry Bergman16McAulayRobert Morrissales executive
LJ10Julian Mapp9WrolstadGrambling Stateproject leader
FJ73Joe Larrew16BlakemanSt Louisattorney
SJ87Walt Coleman IV3BogerSouthern Methodistfinancial advisor
BJ93Scott Helverson15HochuliIowasales, printing and promotions*

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay: Jim Lapetina
  • Alternates: Walt Anderson (R), Carl Johnson (LJ), Greg Steed (BJ)

Saints at Vikings, 4:40 p.m. FOX

Gene Steratore is the referee, who is in his 15th season and 12th as referee. This is his 11th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs, 6 Divisional Playoffs, and 2 Conference Championships.

R114Gene Steratore15Kent Stateco-owner, supply company
U81Roy Ellison15SteratoreSavannah Statetechnical staff member
DJ100Tom Symonette14CheffersFloridacertified public accountant
LJ84Mark Steinkerchner24TorbertAkronvice-president*
FJ1Scott Novak4ColemanPhoenixsales manager
SJ41Boris Cheek22MorelliMorgan Statedirector of operations and management*
BJ78Greg Meyer16VinovichTexas Christianbanker

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay: Paul Weidner
  • Alternates: Craig Wrolstad (R), Jim Mello (DJ), Greg Yette (BJ)

The Super Bowl officials are the officials chosen for the Super Bowl, the championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the largest and most prestigious professional American footballleague.

Selection[edit]

The NFL's highest-rated official at each position is selected to work the Super Bowl. This is determined by the league using an evaluation system to grade each official's calls during the year. However, only officials who have worked in the league for at least five seasons and have previously worked during the playoffs are eligible to officiate in a Super Bowl. A referee cannot work the Super Bowl at that position until he has been a referee for at least three seasons, while also meeting the five-year minimum service requirement.[1]

This has not always been the case. From Super Bowl I to Super Bowl IV, when the game was the "AFL (American Football League)-NFL World Championship Game", the officiating crews consisted of members from both leagues. Then for Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX, the NFL selected the highest rated crew during the regular season. This was a reaction to several officiating mistakes during the 2002-03 playoffs, and the league felt that preserving the familiarity and cohesiveness of the officiating crews during the postseason might reduce the errors.[2]

List of officials[edit]

Note: A seven-official system was not used until Super Bowl XIII. Beginning with Super Bowl XXXIII, the league swapped position titles with the field judge and back judge.

AFL-NFL World Championships[edit]

NFL Championships[edit]

Number of appearances[edit]

Throughout NFL history, five officials have been selected to work five Super Bowls and eight have been assigned to four Super Bowls. Jerry Markbreit is the only official to work four Super Bowls as the referee.

Super Bowl
Appearances
OfficialSuper Bowl(s)
5
Bob BeeksXIV, XVI, XVIII, XXI, XXIII
Ron BotchanXX, XXVII, XXIX, XXXI, XXXIV
Jack FetteV, VIII, X, XIII, XXII
Al JuryXX, XXII, XXIV, XXVIII, XXXIV
Tom KelleherIV, VII, XI, XV, XIX
4
Al ConwayIX, XIV, XVI, XXII
Art DemmasXIII, XVII, XXV, XXVII
Fritz GrafV, VIII, XV, XVIII
Stan JavieII, VIII, X, XIV
Jerry MarkbreitXVII, XXI, XXVI, XXIX
Tony VeteriII, VII, XII, XV
Jerry BergmanXIII, XVI, XVIII, XXIII
Carl PaganelliXXXIX, XLI, XLVI, XLVIII

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  • Super Bowl Notes, Quotes & Anecdotes: Games I-XL. NFL. 2006. p. 123. 

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