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Chris Crocker, 11 former players to attend officiating clinic

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Bengals safety Chris Crocker and 11 former NFL players will attend a three-day officiating clinic in Baltimore this week, the league announced Monday.

At the Tom Beard Football Officials Clinic, the players will receive on-field and classroom teaching in officiating, with NFL referees Scott Green and Terry McAulay among those providing guidance.

According to its website, the Tom Beard Football Officials Clinic aims to “train and develop the best football officials” in the Washington D.C. area. The league said over 10 NFL officials have previously taken part in the clinic.

“Officiating is a natural extension for players who have an interest in staying close to the game,” said Troy Vincent, the NFL’s senior vice president of player engagement, in a statement released by the league.

The 32-year-old Crocker is slated to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on Tuesday. He started nine games for Cincinnati in 2012, recording 41 tackles and intercepting three passes after re-signing in September.

The former players scheduled to participate in the clinic are Charles Ali, C.C. Brown, Ahmad Carroll, Mark Collins, Aaron Craver, Rick DeMulling, Nate Jones, Terrence Melton, William Thomas, Landon Trusty and Dewayne Washington.

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8 Responses to “Chris Crocker, 11 former players to attend officiating clinic”
  1. edithpiaf51 says: Mar 11, 2013 1:15 PM

    That is a great way to keep former players productive and employed.

  2. dubzito says: Mar 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    “Mr. Carroll, would you like to come to the front of the room and demonstrate ‘defensive pass interference’ for the rest of the class?”

  3. ravenator says: Mar 11, 2013 1:21 PM

    I want to sign up – I can promise you I’m in better shape than some of these refs trying to run around.

  4. bdfun400 says: Mar 11, 2013 1:22 PM

    Ahmad Carroll as a ref is laughable. Guy clearly didn’t know any of the rules as a player…

  5. gridirongiant says: Mar 11, 2013 1:43 PM

    Is this a step towards actually becoming an official? Or just an activity for former players to stay in touch with the game?

    If they plan on becoming officials – wouldn’t that violate the idea of having an unbiased crew? These players will be carrying personal friendships/rivalries as well as baggage when it comes to rival cities from their playing time.

  6. mjkelly77 says: Mar 11, 2013 2:12 PM

    This is a great way for players to learn what they can get away with and how to do it.

  7. realpro14 says: Mar 11, 2013 2:22 PM

    DEEP CREEK HIGH product Chris Crocker dropped the game winning pass in city championship in middle school and used the hate as motivation to extend his football career all the way to the NFL…great job Chris!!

  8. ddjesus says: Mar 11, 2013 2:57 PM

    Just had nightmarish recall of 4th and 26…

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