Football Zebras has obtained the officiating crew rosters for the 2016 NFL season. This season, three new officials have been hired and only one retired. There are five veteran officials designated as swing officials, up from three last season, who will move between crews through the season. Those swing officials include two umpires, a line judge, and two deep wings.
After four officials were promoted to the referee position in the last two years to fill vacancies, there are no new “white hats” this season.
The league disbanded the replay assistant staff and opted to cover the position with regional assistants. Most, if not all, of the previous staff were not retained.
Crew members are listed with their years of NFL experience, including the upcoming season, the crews they were on last season, the college attended, and occupations. Nine veteran officials have changed positions, which are indicated at the bottom of each crew list.
*indicates an official who is on the same crew as last season.
|R||122||Brad Allen||3||Pembroke State||non-profit CEO|
|U||11||Fred Bryan||8||*||Northern Iowa||superintendent, juvenile correctional facility|
|HL||48||Jim Mello||13||*||Northeastern||facilities manager|
|LJ||100||Tom Symonette||13||*||Florida||certified public accountant|
|FJ||97||Tom Hill||18||*||Carson Newman||teacher|
|SJ||118||David Meslow||6||Boger||Augsburg College||marketing manager|
|BJ||83||Shawn Hochuli||3||*||Claremont||financial advisor|
- Replay official: Jim Lapetina
- Position changes: T. Hill (SJ→FJ), Meslow (FJ→SJ)
|R||66||Walt Anderson||21||Texas||college officiating coordinator, retired dentist|
|U||40||Butch Hannah||18||*||Middle Tennessee State||retired federal probation officer|
|HL||6||Jerod Phillips||1||NA||Northeastern State||elementary school teacher|
|LJ||18||Byron Boston||22||*||Austin||tax consultant|
|FJ||117||John Jenkins||3||Vinovich||St. Mary’s||sales executive|
|SJ||125||Laird Hayes||22||*||Princeton||owner of football camps for high school and youth|
|BJ||119||Greg Wilson||9||Corrente||USC||law enforcement|
- Replay official: Billy Smith
|U||128||Ramon George||1||NA||Lenoir-Rhyne||vice-president, operations|
|HL||94||Hugo Cruz||2||*||Texas-Pan American||investment manager|
|LJ||36||Tony Veteri†||25||Triplette||Manhattan College||physical education teacher|
|FJ||29||Adrian Hill||7||Hochuli||Buffalo||software engineer|
|SJ||73||Joe Larrew||15||*||St Louis||attorney|
|BJ||17||Steve Patrick||3||*||Jacksonville State||owner, supply company|
- Replay official: Rich Reels
- Position change: Veteri (HL→LJ)
- †Substitution: Veteri out (undisclosed) weeks 9-17, replaced with an official on a bye week
|R||23||Jerome Boger||13||Morehouse College||retired commercial insurance underwriter|
|U||49||Rich Hall||13||*||Arizona||custom cabinetry|
|HL||134||Ed Camp||16||Morelli||William Paterson||physical education teacher|
|LJ||8||Dana McKenzie||9||(swing)||Toledo||claims adjuster|
|FJ||103||Eugene Hall||3||Anderson||North Texas||federal agent|
|SJ||87||Walt Coleman IV||2||*||Southern Methodist||financial advisor|
|BJ||112||Tony Steratore||17||*||California (Pa.)||co-owner, supply company|
- Replay official: Carl Madsen
- Position change: McKenzie (HL→LJ)
|R||51||Carl Cheffers||17||California-Irvine||sales manager|
|U||71||Ruben Fowler||11||Morelli||Huston-Tillotson||retired firefighter|
|HL||79||Kent Payne||13||*||Nebraska Wesleyan||teacher|
|LJ||47||Tim Podraza||9||*||Nebraska||corporate real estate|
|FJ||88||Brad Freeman||3||*||Mississippi State||sports park director|
|SJ||1||Scott Novak||3||*||Phoenix||sales manager|
|BJ||63||Jim Quirk||7||Vinovich||Middlebury||financial advisor|
- Replay official: Charles Stewart
|R||65||Walt Coleman||28||Arkansas||manager dairy processor|
|HL||74||Derick Bowers||14||McAulay||East Central||sales representative|
|LJ||16||Kevin Codey||2||*||Western New England||middle school physical education teacher|
|FJ||43||Terry Brown||11||Blakeman||Tennessee||probation supervisor|
|SJ||76||Alan Eck||1||NA||Bloomsburg State||tax manager|
|BJ||111||Terrence Miles||9||Cheffers||Arizona State||quality control manager|
- Replay official: Lou Nazzaro
|R||99||Tony Corrente||22||Cal State-Fullerton||college officiating coordinator|
|U||64||Dan Ferrell||14||*||Cal State-Fullerton||director, parts logistics and supply chain management|
|HL||13||Patrick Turner||3||Hochuli||Cal State-Long Beach||plant manager|
|LJ||2||Bart Longson||2||*||Brigham Young||co-founder and CEO, digital finance company|
|FJ||82||Buddy Horton||18||*||Oregon State||water service worker|
|SJ||75||Rob Vernatchi||13||Morelli||California-Riverside||enforcement investigator|
|BJ||30||Todd Prukop||8||Anderson||Cal State-Fullerton||medical sales representative|
- Replay official: Russell Yurk
- Position change: Yurk (replay assistant→replay official)
|R||85||Ed Hochuli||27||Texas-El Paso||attorney|
|U||19||Clay Martin||2||*||Tulsa||high school basketball coach|
|HL||98||Greg Bradley||8||Parry||Tennessee||chemical engineer|
|LJ||59||Rusty Baynes||7||*||Auburn-Montgomery||general manager, safety services|
|FJ||104||Dale Shaw||4||Morelli||Allegheny||pharmaceutical sales|
|SJ||55||Alex Kemp||3||Triplette||Central Michigan||insurance agent|
|BJ||93||Scott Helverson||14||*||Iowa||sales, printing and promotions|
- Replay official: Tom Sifferman
- Position change: Shaw (BJ→FJ)
|R||35||John Hussey||15||Idaho State||sales representative, retail logistics group|
|U||115||Tony Michalek||15||*||Indiana||USA Football officiating director|
|HL||106||Wayne Mackie||10||*||Colgate||director of operations, housing|
|LJ||107||Ron Marinucci||20||*||Glassboro State||vice president, novelty cone company|
|FJ||86||Jimmy Buchanan||8||*||South Carolina State||insurance agent|
|BJ||61||Keith Ferguson||17||*||San Jose State||sales|
- Replay official: Mike Wimmer
|R||77||Terry McAulay†||19||Louisiana State||college officiating coordinator|
|U||96||Undrey Wash||17||Cheffers||Texas-Arlington||claims controller|
|HL||91||Jerry Bergman†||15||Coleman||Robert Morris||sales executive|
|LJ||68||Tom Stephan||18||*||Pittsburg State||business broker|
|BJ||39||Rich Martinez||3||Coleman||Canisius||sales manager|
- Replay official: Earnie Frantz
- †Substitutions: McAulay out weeks 1-3, replaced with referee on bye week. Jerry Bergman injured preseason weeks 2-4 (torn meniscus) with various substitutes.
|R||135||Pete Morelli||20||St Mary’s||high school principal|
|U||92||Bryan Neale||3||McAulay||Indiana||sales consultant|
|HL||22||Steve Stelljes||15||Anderson||Friends||business planning manager|
|LJ||101||Carl Johnson||13||Blakeman||Nicholls State||full-time official|
|FJ||67||Doug Rosenbaum||16||Allen||Illinois Wesleyan||financial consultant|
|SJ||41||Boris Cheek||21||Coleman||Morgan State||director of operations and management|
|BJ||12||Greg Steed†||14||McAulay||Howard||computer systems analyst|
- Replay official: Tommy Moore
- Position change: Cheek (FJ→SJ)
- †Substitutions: Steed out weeks 11-17 (undisclosed), replaced with an official on bye week.
|R||132||John Parry||17||Purdue||financial advisor|
|U||131||Mark Pellis||3||*||Allegheny||financial advisor|
|HL||5||John McGrath||15||Boger||Kentucky||vice president of sales|
|LJ||45||Jeff Seeman||15||Boger||Minnesota||brokerage sales|
|FJ||26||Jabir Walker||2||*||Murray State||math teacher|
|SJ||7||Keith Washington||9||Corrente||Virginia Military Institute||program financial analyst|
|BJ||46||Perry Paganelli||19||Hope College||retired high school administrator|
- Replay official: Bob McGrath
|R||114||Gene Steratore||14||Kent State||co-owner, supply company|
|U||129||Bill Schuster‡||17||Coleman||Alfred||insurance broker|
|HL||123||Ed Walker†||3||*||San Jose State||real estate management|
|LJ||108||Gary Arthur||20||*||Wright State||president, commercial printing company|
|FJ||116||Mike Weatherford||15||*||Oklahoma State||energy trader|
|SJ||25||Bob Waggoner||20||*||Juniata College||retired probation officer|
|BJ||105||Dino Paganelli||11||*||Aquinas College||educator|
- Replay official: Paul Weidner
- †Substitutions: E. Walker out (torn quadriceps) weeks 10-17, replaced by swing official Spanier (LJ→HL).
- ‡Crew changes: Ellison was originally placed on Steratore’s crew, but was out beginning preseason week 2 through regular season week 8, returning as a swing official. Schuster was moved from a swing official to Steratore’s crew.
|R||62||Ron Torbert||7||Michigan State||attorney|
|U||121||Paul King||8||Vinovich||Nicholls State||school teacher|
|HL||37||Jim Howey||18||*||Erskine College||director of adult education|
|FJ||50||Aaron Santi||2||*||Southern Oregon||middle school principal|
|SJ||80||Greg Gautreaux||15||Parry||SW Louisiana||athletic programs manager|
|BJ||38||Greg Yette||7||*||Howard||defense contractor|
- Replay official: Bill Spyksma
|R||42||Jeff Triplette||21||Wake Forest||restructuring consultant|
|U||14||Shawn Smith||2||*||Ferris State||internal auditor|
|HL||32||Jeff Bergman||25||*||Robert Morris||president and chief executive officer, medical services|
|LJ||53||Sarah Thomas||2||Morelli||Mobile||pharmaceutical sales representative|
|FJ||3||Scott Edwards||18||Torbert||Alabama||environmental engineer|
|SJ||109||Dyrol Prioleau||10||*||Johnson C Smith||manager, law firm|
|BJ||133||Steve Freeman||16||*||Mississippi State||custom home builder|
- Replay official: Al Hynes
- Position changes: Jeff Bergman (LJ→HL). Edwards and Prioleau were initially swapped in their positions when the roster was first released, but they returned to their positions for preseason.
|R||52||Bill Vinovich||12||San Diego||accountant, former NFL officiating supervisor|
|U||102||Bruce Stritesky||11||(swing)||Embry Riddle||airline pilot|
|HL||110||Phil McKinnely||15||*||UCLA||inventory control|
|FJ||72||Michael Banks||15||McAulay||Illinois State||carpenter foreman|
|SJ||60||Gary Cavaletto||14||*||Hancock||general manager, agricultural operations|
|BJ||78||Greg Meyer||15||Hochuli||Texas Christian||banker|
- Replay official: Darryll Lewis
- Position change: Meyer (SJ→BJ)
|R||4||Craig Wrolstad||14||Washington||athletic director|
|U||31||Barry Anderson#||10||Steratore||North Carolina State||builder/developer|
|HL||28||Mark Hittner||20||*||Pittsburg State||investment broker|
|LJ||10||Julian Mapp||8||*||Grambling State||software QA tester|
|SJ||21||Jeff Lamberth||15||*||Texas A&M||attorney|
|BJ||27||Lee Dyer||14||*||Tennessee-Chattanooga||sales manager|
- Replay official: Larry Nemmers
- #Number change:
Every week we get emails through our contact page that should never be sent. I intentionally have very little text on there, in the hopes that people will actually read it. If you don’t want to click through, it says:
I am just one guy, and I’m not affiliated with the NFL. Venting to me is pointless. If you choose to waste my time and vent anyhow, we reserve the right to publish your full email on the site, including your name and email address.
After the Lions-Cowboys game last week, I got a decent number of upset Lions fans that emailed me. After the Dez Bryant no-catch today, though, wow! Not only did I just get hundreds of emails from Cowboys fans that clearly can’t read, it’s at best a 50/50 call anyhow. I tend to think it was a good call on a bad rule, but my opinion doesn’t matter; I’m just a dude watching the games. The Lions got hosed, which most everyone can agree on, but the Dez call is more difficult. Regardless, I have nothing to do with it.
I don’t know if this means Dallas has the worst fans, but they’re clearly not big on reading, don’t spell especially well, and love exclamation points.
That said, the “we reserve the right to publish…” part of that page has been up for a while now. If people feel like flooding my inbox with insults, I’ll share them here for all to see. Here is a small sub-set of what has come in so far. Feel free to write back to any of them and start up a friendly dialog. 🙂
Be advised, these emails are completely untouched, including foul language, so proceed as you see fit.
Bill Gloeckler – email@example.com
I’m not a Packers fan but i now believe these games are fixed by the officials. I and all my friends will be sharing this on Facebook worldwide. I’m done with the payoffs you recieve
John Cannon – firstname.lastname@example.org
The refs absolutely suck this year. They have ruined football. That Dez Bryant call was terrible.
RJ ware – email@example.com
Yall mother fuckers are worthless. My bind grandmother makes better calls. Yall do not deserve to call professional games you sorry chick sucking mother fuckers
Martin Loewen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Fucking call me you fucking pussy refs for overturning that dez Bryant catch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 432-638-0656
later from Martin again…
Tell me to my face that dez Bryant didn’t catch that ball!!! I dare you!!!!
513 CR 201
Seminole, TX 79360
scott collins – email@example.com
Y’all have ruined the game of football for me that was a catch by Bryant he clearly showed possession and elbow was down before ball come. Out I thank it was a touchdown me and my father are through watching football you officials have ruined the game for us we hate yalls. Guts
Brenda Schumacher – bs.pilates@gmIl.com
Even the Dallas “haters” are so aware and calling you guys WHIMPS AND WEAK!! You buckled under last weeks horrible call against the lions so you thought you could redeem yourself against a Dallas and all you did – confirmed you are weak and have no business refereeing! Stupid call against Dez!! His knee was down and he had total control of the ball with one hand! Call the game correctly and stay out of the teams way to lose or win! You buckled under pressure of haters do in my eyes- I will never trust you until you turn it around and prove you can call a game justly. Worts call EVER!!
Joe Harrison – firstname.lastname@example.org
As a retired referee, I just witnessed the worst playoff call I have ever seen. After the Dallas receivercaught the ball, he maintained control for three steps which demonstrates a legal reception. He again caught the ball placed two feet on the ground and continued to run. The ground cannot cause a fumble on a run. Was this call made for profit or just pure stupidity!!!!
Jacke Zannini – email@example.com
That’s the worst call of all time taking the catch away from Bryant. Not a fan of either term but 2 bad calls against Dallas. The refs ruined the game & should be FIRED w/ no pension -and investigated. Totally changed the fair outcome of the game. Unacceptable & you should be ashshamed. Appears criminal!
Bruce Burnett – firstname.lastname@example.org
I really think you need to find people who know the game before you have them referee a game like the Dallas vs Greenbay lots of BAD CALLS….. get with it or get out of the sport !
Montgomery Heathman – email@example.com
The referees in the Dallas vs Green Bay are the most inept I have seen in 45 years of the NFL. The call on Dez Bryant’s catch in the fourth quarter was terrible. I’m launching an investigation to determine influences compromising the integrity of their actions on the field, including any possible financial gains possibly made by their officiating. They all should be fired.
tim pohs – firstname.lastname@example.org
The officials in the playoffs this season are all blind as hell they don’t even deserve to work at the piggly wiggly my blind def mute grandmother can call games better than them
alina paradoa – email@example.com
Which one of you made that lousy call at the Dallas-G game?
Shame on you!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A blind man could have seen the catch better than you.
I don’t how much you get paid for doing what you do, but you should in all honesty quit or give your money back… Damn unbelievable.
Go ref at middle school games man, not even high school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
brittany self – firstname.lastname@example.org
I am highly concerned that y’all don’t know how to call a complete catch. Y’all screwed over the Cowboys against the packers in the playoffs 2015. Y’all should make it right towards football teams that y’all don’t like. Y’all have a lot of outraged fans this season. Y’all need to learn how to call the right plays or don’t be a refree at all. Thank-you
brian machado – email@example.com
are you kidding me! Not only did Dez make great catch he had total enough control and presence of mine to extend arm with ball to end zone. Thanks for nothing u blinde f!
You do not belong with the rest of the competent refs., an embarrassment to your profession.
chris rake – firstname.lastname@example.org
How is it even acceptable you will let a official dictate the outcome of a playoff game of this magnitude. I find it very unprofessional and unecceptable especially at this level and this far into the season (playoff game). The Dallas Cowboys in all fashion should have won this game. I am appalled, not to mention it takes away the integrity of the game. I am ashamed and I hope you can sleep at night. Who’s side were the refs on today???????
Brian Steele – email@example.com
You guys are trash Steratore is a piece of shit he fixed that game for Green Bay you can all go fuck yourselves you cheating pieces of shit
I’ll post more as they continue to come in…