NFL hires 24 full-time officials

The NFL has hired 24 full-time game officials from among the current 122-person roster of officials, the NFL and NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) jointly announced today.

The 24 full-time officials, up from 21 in the inaugural season of the program in 2017, come from all seven on-field officiating positions and represent a collaborative initiative intended to promote the common goal of improving every aspect of NFL officiating.

In an effort to improve consistency, efficiency and accuracy, the full-time game officials will work throughout the calendar year on game preparation and game administration, analyzing current game trends, communicating with the clubs, and assisting to ensure that there is a qualified pipeline of future officials.

“Working with the full-time game officials last season was extremely beneficial,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating ALBERTO RIVERON.  “Their presence greatly improved communication with the clubs.  Our collective goal is to make a positive impact on NFL officiating overall, and this initiative was an important factor for us in that effort.”

“We are supportive of providing our members the opportunity to voluntarily commit additional time for additional compensation to NFL officiating, especially in the offseason,” said NFLRA Executive Director SCOTT GREEN. “This program is the result of extensive discussion and planning, and the NFLRA looks forward to continuing and supporting the program in its second year.”

A look at the 24 full-time officials by position:

No. Name Pos. College NFL Experience

(including 2018)

122 Brad Allen Referee Pembroke State 5
66 Walt Anderson Referee Texas 23
23 Jerome Boger Referee Morehouse 15
135 Pete Morelli Referee St. Mary’s 22
132 John Parry Referee Purdue 19
11 Fred Bryan Umpire Northern Iowa 10
81 Roy Ellison Umpire Savannah State 16
115 Tony Michalek Umpire Indiana 17
124 Carl Paganelli Umpire Michigan State 20
134 Ed Camp Down Judge William Paterson 19
59 Rusty Baynes Line Judge Auburn-Montgomery 9
32 Jeff Bergman Line Judge Robert Morris 27
10 Julian Mapp Line Judge Grambling State 10
9 Mark Perlman Line Judge Salem 18
84 Mark Steinkerchner Line Judge Akron 25
97 Tom Hill Field Judge Carson Newman 20
41 Boris Cheek Side Judge Morgan State 23
88 Brad Freeman Side Judge Mississippi State 5
120 Jonah Monroe Side Judge Arkansas 4
1 Scott Novak Side Judge Phoenix 5
133 Steve Freeman Back Judge Mississippi State 18
78 Greg Meyer Back Judge Texas Christian 17
111 Terrence Miles Back Judge Arizona State 11
12 Greg Steed Back Judge Howard 16