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The NFL roster of game officials for the 2019 season will include six individuals in their first NFL season, two of whom are former NFL players.

Field judge Nate Jones joins the NFL officiating staff from the Pac-12, following an eight-year career as a defensive back with Dallas, Miami, Denver and New England. Umpire Terry Killens (American Athletic Conference) was a linebacker during his seven NFL seasons, entering the league as a member of the Houston Oilers before the franchise became the Tennessee Titans. He also played for San Francisco and Seattle before beginning his officiating career.

In addition to Jones and Killens, the roster includes two other former NFL players. Back judge Steve Freeman was a defensive back for 13 seasons, 12 with Buffalo and one with Minnesota. Down judge Phil McKinnely was an offensive lineman for seven years with Atlanta, Chicago and the Los Angeles Rams.

Also launching their NFL officiating careers in 2019 are side judges Dave Hawkshaw (CFL) and Jimmy Russell (Big Ten), down judge Patrick Holt (Big Ten) and line judge Tripp Sutter (SEC).

Three officials – Adrian Hill, Scott Novak and Brad Rogers – have been promoted to referee for the upcoming season. All three were referees at the highest level of college football prior to entering the NFL, and all have been part of the NFL’s Referee Training Program from their first season in the league. 

Freeman and his son, back judge Brad Freeman, represent the lone set of father-son officials active in the NFL. Referees Shawn Hochuli and Alex Kemp, and line judge Walt Coleman IV, also are the sons of former NFL referees. Additionally, three sets of brothers – Allen and Rusty Baynes, Jeff and Jerry Bergman, and Carl, Dino and Perry Paganelli – appear on the 2019 roster.

Line judge Jeff Bergman, entering his 28th NFL season, is now the longest-serving official.

Here is the complete 2019 NFL roster of officials, including crew assignments, which could change during the season due to injury, schedule conflicts, etc.: ​​

No.

Name

Pos.

College

Crew

NFL Experience

(including 2019)

122

Brad Allen

R

Pembroke State

Allen

6

20

Barry Anderson

U

North Carolina State

Allen

13

66

Walt Anderson

R

Texas

Anderson

24

108

Gary Arthur

LJ

Wright State

Martin

23

72

Michael Banks

FJ

Illinois State

Cheffers

18

56

Allen Baynes

FJ

Auburn

Hussey

12

59

Rusty Baynes

LJ

Auburn-Montgomery

Boger

10

32

Jeff Bergman

LJ

Robert Morris

Kemp

28

91

Jerry Bergman

DJ

Robert Morris

Blakeman

18

34

Clete Blakeman

R

Nebraska

Blakeman

12

23

Jerome Boger

R

Morehouse College

Boger

16

40

Brian Bolinger

LJ

Indiana State

Allen

3

18

Byron Boston

LJ

Austin

Anderson

25

74

Derick Bowers

DJ

East Central

Novak

17

98

Greg Bradley

LJ

Tennessee

Hochuli

11

43

Terry Brown

FJ

Tennessee

Wrolstad

14

11

Fred Bryan

U

Northern Iowa

Martin

11

86

Jimmy Buchanan

SJ

South Carolina State

Blakeman

11

134

Ed Camp

DJ

William Paterson

Hochuli

20

63

Mike Carr

DJ

Wisconsin

Kemp

3

60

Gary Cavaletto

SJ

Hancock

Vinovich

17

41

Boris Cheek

SJ

Morgan State

Corrente

24

51

Carl Cheffers

R

California-Irvine

Cheffers

20

130

Land Clark

FJ

Sevier Valley Tech

Hill

2

16

Kevin Codey

DJ

Western New England

Hussey

5

95

James Coleman

SJ

Arkansas

Hochuli

15

65

Walt Coleman IV

LJ

Southern Methodist

Novak

5

99

Tony Corrente

R

Cal State-Fullerton

Corrente

25

25

Ryan Dickson

FJ

Utah

Torbert

4

27

Lee Dyer

FJ

Tennessee-Chattanooga

Anderson

17

76

Alan Eck

U

Bloomsburg

Hussey

4

96

Matt Edwards

BJ

Western Michigan

Cheffers

2

3

Scott Edwards

SJ

Alabama

Torbert

21

81

Roy Ellison

U

Savannah State

Hill

17

61

Keith Ferguson

BJ

San Jose State

Anderson

20

64

*Dan Ferrell

U

Cal State-Fullerton

 Swing

17

71

Ruben Fowler

U

Huston-Tillotson

Anderson

14

88

Brad Freeman

BJ

Mississippi State

Hussey

6

133

Steve Freeman

BJ

Mississippi State

Kemp

19

80

Greg Gautreaux

SJ

Southwest Louisiana

Martin

18

128

Ramon George

U

Lenoir-Rhyne

Novak

4

103

Eugene Hall

SJ

North Texas

Cheffers

6

49

Rich Hall

U

Arizona

Kemp

16

107

Dave Hawkshaw

SJ

Justice Institute of B.C.

Smith

1

93

Scott Helverson

BJ

Iowa

Wrolstad

17

29

Adrian Hill

R

Buffalo

Hill

10

125

Chad Hill

SJ

Mississippi

Novak

2

97

Tom Hill

FJ

Carson Newman

Hochuli

21

28

Mark Hittner

DJ

Pittsburg State

Smith

23

83

Shawn Hochuli

R

Claremont

Hochuli

6

106

Patrick Holt

DJ

North Carolina State

Boger

1

35

John Hussey

R

Idaho State

Hussey

18

36

Anthony Jeffries

FJ

Alabama-Birmingham

Corrente

2

117

John Jenkins

FJ

St. Mary’s

Kemp

6

101

Carl Johnson

LJ

Nicholls State

Hussey

16

42

Nate Jones

FJ

Rutgers

Martin

1

67

Tony Josselyn

BJ

Eastern Kentucky

Torbert

2

55

Alex Kemp

R

Central Michigan

Kemp

6

77

Terry Killens

U

Penn State

Torbert

1

121

Paul King

U

Nicholls State

Hochuli

11

21

Jeff Lamberth

SJ

Texas A&M

Wrolstad

18

73

Joe Larrew

FJ

St. Louis

Blakeman

18

2

Bart Longson

LJ

Brigham Young

Smith

5

10

Julian Mapp

LJ

Grambling State

Rogers

11

19

Clay Martin

R

Oklahoma Baptist

Martin

5

39

Rich Martinez

BJ

Canisius

Hochuli

6

8

Dana McKenzie

DJ

Toledo

Corrente

12

110

Phil McKinnely

DJ

UCLA

Vinovich

18

48

Jim Mello

DJ

Northeastern

Allen

16

118

David Meslow

FJ

Augsburg College

Boger

9

78

Greg Meyer

BJ

Texas Christian

Hill

18

115

Tony Michalek

U

Indiana

Rogers

18

111

Terrence Miles

BJ

Arizona State

Novak

12

120

Jonah Monroe

SJ

Arkansas

Boger

5

92

Bryan Neale

U

Indiana

Smith

6

1

Scott Novak

R

Phoenix

Novak

6

24

David Oliver

DJ

Baker

Hill

3

124

Carl Paganelli

U

Michigan State

Boger

21

105

Dino Paganelli

BJ

Aquinas College

Smith

14

46

Perry Paganelli

BJ

Hope College

Blakeman

22

17

Steve Patrick

BJ

Jacksonville State

Vinovich

6

15

Rick Patterson

SJ

Wofford

Anderson

24

79

Kent Payne

DJ

Nebraska Wesleyan

Rogers

16

131

Mark Pellis

U

Allegheny

Cheffers

6

9

Mark Perlman

LJ

Salem

Vinovich

19

6

Jerod Phillips

DJ

Northeastern State

Martin

4

47

Tim Podraza

LJ

Nebraska

Corrente

12

109

Dyrol Prioleau

FJ

Johnson C. Smith

Smith

13

30

Todd Prukop

BJ

Cal State-Fullerton

Corrente

11

5

Jim Quirk

SJ

Middlebury

Hill

10

44

Jeff Rice

U

Northwestern

Blakeman

25

31

Mearl Robinson

FJ

Air Force

Vinovich

3

126

Brad Rogers

R

Lubbock Christian

Rogers

3

82

Jimmy Russell

SJ

Pasco Hernando State

Allen

1

50

Aaron Santi

FJ

Southern Oregon

Rogers

5

129

Bill Schuster

U

Alfred

Corrente

20

45

Jeff Seeman

LJ

Minnesota

Cheffers

18

104

Dale Shaw

SJ

Allegheny

Kemp

7

113

Danny Short

DJ

North Carolina-Charlotte

Cheffers

3

14

Shawn Smith

R

Ferris State

Smith

5

90

*Mike Spanier

DJ

St. Cloud State

 Swing

21

12

Greg Steed

BJ

Howard

Rogers

17

84

Mark Steinkerchner

LJ

Akron

Torbert

26

68

Tom Stephan

DJ

Pittsburg State

Anderson

21

112

Tony Steratore

BJ

California (PA)

Boger

20

75

Mark Stewart

LJ

Pittsburg State

Hill

2

102

Bruce Stritesky

U

Embry Riddle

Vinovich

14

37

Tripp Sutter

LJ

Nebraska

Wrolstad

1

100

Tom Symonette

LJ

Florida

Blakeman

16

53

Sarah Thomas

DJ

Mobile

Torbert

5

62

Ronald Torbert

R

Michigan State

Torbert

20

13

Patrick Turner

DJ

Cal State-Long Beach

Wrolstad

6

52

Bill Vinovich

R

San Diego

Vinovich

14

26

Jabir Walker

SJ

Murray State

Hussey

5

7

*Keith Washington

SJ

Virginia Military Institute

Swing 

12

116

Mike Weatherford

FJ

Oklahoma State

Novak

18

58

Don Willard

SJ

Illinois State

Rogers

2

119

Greg Wilson

BJ

USC

Martin

12

54

Steve Woods

U

Wabash

Wrolstad

3

4

Craig Wrolstad

R

Washington

Wrolstad

17

38

Greg Yette

BJ

Howard

Allen

10

33

Steve Zimmer

FJ

Hofstra

Allen

23

*Three officials – Ferrell, Spanier and Washington – will work with different crews throughout the season.

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