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Referees Ron Winter and Scott Green retire

Scott Green AP

The NFL will have two new referees this season.

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino confirmed to the Associated Press that referees Ron Winter and Scott Green have both retired. Winter entered the NFL in 1995 and became a referee in 1998 while Green was promoted to referee during the 2004 season.

Green worked one Super Bowl as a ref, an honor Winter never received although he did oversee the bizarre ending to a 49ers playoff win over the Giants in January 2003 that ended when the Giants were incorrectly flagged for having an ineligible receiver downfield on a botched attempt at a game-winning field goal. Interestingly, Green was the back judge on Winter’s crew and was to blame for missing that Giants guard Rich Seubert was both eligible and interfered with on the play.

Craig Wrolstad, a former field judge, and Ronald Torbert, who was a side judge, will move up to referee positions. Blandino also announced that two sons of current officials —¬†field judge Brad Freeman, the son of back judge Steve Freeman, a former player with Buffalo; and field judge Shawn Hochuli, son of referee Ed Hochuli — will be joining the league’s officiating roster in 2014.

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28 Responses to “Referees Ron Winter and Scott Green retire”
  1. chut26 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:38 AM

    Out with the old, in with the new.

  2. xli2006 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:39 AM

    Take Jeff Triplette with you please.

  3. packergator says: Apr 25, 2014 9:42 AM

    Now if only we could get Jeff Triplette to retire…

  4. raiderbob56 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:46 AM

    NO. Take that piece of crap Walt Coleman with them.

  5. Indybear says: Apr 25, 2014 9:47 AM

    Triplette is worse than all of them and has been for several years. Can we start a petition to bounce this game-changing clown of a referee?

  6. randyschwimmer7 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:48 AM

    WHY IN GOD’S NAME IS JEFF TRIPLETTE STILL ALLOWED TO CARRY ON…….AHH drives me crazy. Him and Jerome Boger or Booger. Whichever works.

  7. ccoolahan14 says: Apr 25, 2014 9:51 AM

    Ravens fans around the world rejoice (Patriots fans around the world sob).

  8. ajgreenhof says: Apr 25, 2014 9:52 AM

    Jeff Triplette.

  9. dkalev says: Apr 25, 2014 9:56 AM

    That game… That giants game cost Jim fassel his job… I mean, eleven years later and we have coughlin and two Super Bowl wins, but I still cannot shake off how pissed I am for the poor officiating in that game… The pack can complain all they want about the game ending int from replacement refs, they still made the playoffs… But that game, not only was he an eligible tight end on the play, he was interfered with. Even if he was inelligble on the play it would be a penalty on both teams and replay of a down. Completely botched call all around. Only person in recent memory who could complain even worse is raiders fans with the tuck rule

  10. shackdelrio says: Apr 25, 2014 9:57 AM

    Ron Winter retires? Thank god. He was awful.

    I don’t remember much of Scott Green, which is probably a good thing.

  11. upperdecker19 says: Apr 25, 2014 10:08 AM

    Ron Winter, aka the king of the 4 and a half hour game

  12. tigersfandan says: Apr 25, 2014 10:19 AM

    Don’t celebrate too much. None of you will like their replacements either.

  13. skleech22 says: Apr 25, 2014 10:21 AM

    The Patriots are devastated by this news. Winters was such a Patriot Homer!

  14. somethingsmellsrotten says: Apr 25, 2014 10:26 AM

    Thank you, thank you…Winter was the worst.

  15. bucfandango says: Apr 25, 2014 10:31 AM

    Take them all, please.

  16. uwsptke says: Apr 25, 2014 10:34 AM

    The fact that I don’t immediatly remember who Scott Green is means he should probably be enshrined in the HOF as one of the greatest officials ever.

  17. jlgsoccer says: Apr 25, 2014 10:41 AM

    nfl…please invest in cloning mike carrey. you’re welcome

  18. 12brichandfamous says: Apr 25, 2014 10:49 AM

    The tuck rule was correctly called….just a stupid rule designed to give advantage to the offense

  19. jstdad says: Apr 25, 2014 10:52 AM

    And if course, the new hires are sons of current officials. Talk about nepotism! You mean throughout the USA there were not 2 other officials more qualified than these 2? This is corporate inbreeding and one of the signs of an empire in disintegration.

  20. getyourownname says: Apr 25, 2014 10:56 AM

    Vegas bookie are re-calculating the predicted season records already.

  21. bwisnasky says: Apr 25, 2014 11:01 AM

    Actually the tuck rule wasn’t correctly called… because the “tuck” portion of the rule is over anytime another part of the QB’s body touches the ball. There is a clear photo of Brady touching the ball with both hands while Woodson’s arm was coming down. That said, the problem with the whole scenario was it was called a fumble on the field, and there was no clear cut evidence to overrule the call on the field. Walt Coleman is a horrendous official.

  22. drsummeroff says: Apr 25, 2014 11:06 AM

    Maybe they can get Jerome Boger to take an early package as well. Maybe he thought no one would notice because it was Rams Vs Bears last year but that was one of the absolute worst atrocities in officiating I had ever seen. Unforgivably terrible. Then he went on and jobbed the Cleveland Browns against the Pats only one week later. The poor Browns had enough trouble winning then to have this shyster steal a huge upset from them.

  23. iamdinguskhan says: Apr 25, 2014 11:27 AM

    as long as we still have “the Hoc” in his shirts 2 sizes to small for him and flexing every time he has to do a hand jesters. that dude is cool

  24. Remember Brian Brohm says: Apr 25, 2014 11:28 AM

    Another Hochuli? I can’t wait to see this guy’s guns and hear his long-winded explanations.

  25. tjacks7 says: Apr 25, 2014 11:38 AM

    I see the NFL Officials are following the footsteps of the NFL coaches. Oh your dad’s a ref? You’re hired!

  26. cjspiller12 says: Apr 25, 2014 11:43 AM

    By far and away………….Walt Coleman is the worst, and it’s really not that close. Next would be Jeff Triplette.

  27. cajunaise says: Apr 25, 2014 1:10 PM

    Add Hoc.

  28. xxxfixxxerxxx says: Apr 25, 2014 1:43 PM

    Sad day for the Patriots organization.

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