The NFL has hired ten new on-field officials, including the league’s first Asian American and a former player.
From the Big 12 Conference, Lo van Pham joins the NFL. He was born in Vietnam and moved to the United States when he was seven years old, following a brief stop in the Philippines.
Mike Morton joins Nate Jones and Terry Killens as the third former NFL player on the 2022 officials’ roster. Morton was a linebacker for the Raiders from 1995 to 1998, having been taken in the fourth round. During his seven-year NFL career, he also played for St. Louis, Green Bay (2000), and Indianapolis.
Robin DeLorenzo joins Sarah Thomas and Maia Chaka as the third woman on the NFL’s roster of on-field game officials. DeLorenzo is a Big Ten Conference player.
Tra Boger, the son of former NFL referee Jerome Boger, joins the league as a field judge after graduating from the Southeastern Conference. They are the only father-son duo on the roster right now.
The other ten are down judge Max Causey, umpires Brandon Cruse, Duane Heydt, and Alex Moore, field judge Alonzo Ramsey, and side judge Jeff Shears.
Tra Blake had already been promoted to referee by the league. Blake took over for Tony Corrente, who had retired.
Denise Crudup and Artenzia Young-Seigler are the first Black female replay officials, according to the NFL.
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