NFL officialsTwo women to work minicamps, preseason as officialsBY TOM PELISSERO USA Today SportsApril 25 2014(Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)Two women will work minicamps and a preseason game this summer as part of the NFL Officiating Development Program, which begins its second season with a clinic this weekend in Newark.Line judge Sarah Thomas is back for her second season in the program, along with head linesman Maia Chaka and 19 other officials. Both women officiated in Conference USA last season.All officials in the program will be candidates for positions on NFL crews for the 2015 season.“The officials at the most advanced level of our development program have proven to be outstanding at the collegiate level,” Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, said in a media release. “We look forward to helping them continue to grow and become the best of the best in football officiating.”Shannon Eastin became the first woman to officiate an NFL game, working with a replacement crew during the 2012 lockout. But the league has not yet had a woman as a member of a full-time crew.
On a side note, Ed “Hercules” Hochuli’s son will be a NFL ref this yearhttp://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/04/25/referees-ron-winter-and-scott-green-retire/ Referees Ron Winter and Scott Green retirePosted by Josh Alper on April 25, 2014, 9:33 AM EDTScott GreenAPThe NFL will have two new referees this season.NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino confirmed to the Associated Press that referees Ron Winter and Scott Green have both retired. Winter entered the NFL in 1995 and became a referee in 1998 while Green was promoted to referee during the 2004 season.Green worked one Super Bowl as a ref, an honor Winter never received although he did oversee the bizarre ending to a 49ers playoff win over the Giants in January 2003 that ended when the Giants were incorrectly flagged for having an ineligible receiver downfield on a botched attempt at a game-winning field goal. Interestingly, Green was the back judge on Winter’s crew and was to blame for missing that Giants guard Rich Seubert was both eligible and interfered with on the play.Craig Wrolstad, a former field judge, and Ronald Torbert, who was a side judge, will move up to referee positions. Blandino also announced that two sons of current officials – field judge Brad Freeman, the son of back judge Steve Freeman, a former player with Buffalo; and field judge Shawn Hochuli, son of referee Ed Hochuli — will be joining the league’s officiating roster in 2014.
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