The NFL and NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) together announced that the NFL has hired 21 full-time game officials from among the current 124-person roster of officials.

The full-time game officials come from all seven on-field officiating positions and were hired as a result of a collaborative initiative intended to promote the common goal of improving every aspect of NFL officiating.

To improve consistency, efficiency and accuracy, the full-time game officials will work throughout the calendar year on game preparation and administration, analyzing game trends, communicating with the roster of officials, and scouting to ensure that there is a qualified pipeline of future officials.

“We believe that we will learn a great deal over the course of this initial year working with the full-time game officials,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Alberto Riveron. “Our collective goal is to make a positive impact on NFL officiating overall.”

“We are supportive of providing our members the opportunity to voluntarily commit additional time to NFL officiating, especially in the offseason,” said NFLRA Executive Director Scott Green. “This initiative is the result of extensive discussion and planning, and the NFLRA looks forward to working with the NFL to test and evaluate this new approach over the next year.”

The NFL and NFLRA agreed to experiment with full-time game officials as part of the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement. Together, they announced their intention to hire full-time game officials for the 2017 season.

2017 Full-Time Game Officials
No. Name Pos. College NFL Experience (including 2017)
122 Brad Allen Referee Pembroke State 4
66 Walt Anderson Referee Texas 22
23 Jerome Boger Referee Morehouse 14
135 Pete Morelli Referee St. Mary's 21
20 Barry Anderson Umpire North Carolina State 11
64 Dan Ferrell Umpire Cal State-Fullerton 15
129 Bill Schuster Umpire Alfred 18
74 Derick Bowers Down Judge East Central 15
134 Ed Camp Down Judge William Paterson 18
59 Rusty Baynes Line Judge Auburn-Montgomery 8
10 Julian Mapp Line Judge Grambling State 9
9 Mark Perlman Line Judge Salem 17
84 Mark Steinkerchner Line Judge Akron 24
97 Tom Hill Field Judge Carson-Newman 19
33 Steve Zimmer Field Judge Hofstra 21
41 Boris Cheek Side Judge Morgan State 22
120 Jonah Monroe Side Judge Arkansas 3
133 Steve Freeman Back Judge Mississippi State 17
93 Scott Helverson Back Judge Iowa 15
111 Terrence Miles Back Judge Arizona State 10
12 Greg Steed Back Judge Howard 15​