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Ed Hochuli’s son among 12 new NFL officials for 2014


After a season in which scrutiny on the NFL’s officials was even greater than usual, the league has announced that there will be more turnover than usual in the officiating department.

A press release distributed today confirmed that the NFL has hired 12 new officials for the 2014 season. That’s the largest turnover of officiating personnel in a dozen years.

The most recognizable name on the list of new officials is Shawn Hochuli, the son of longtime NFL referee Ed Hochuli. Shawn Hochuli has been a longtime Pac-12 official and will now join the NFL as a side judge. All 12 of the new officials were in major college football last year, with four coming from the Pac-12, three from the SEC, two from the Big 12, two from the Big Ten and one from the ACC.

The league also announced that two veteran officials, Ronald Torbert and Craig Wrolstad, have been promoted to referee. They will replace retiring referees Scott Green and Ron Winter.

Although the NFL doesn’t make a public show of it when officials are shown the door, the increased roster turnover in the officiating department suggests that the league realizes it needs to do a better job of making sure it has the seven best officials possible on the field for each game. Just as veteran players lose their jobs to players from the college ranks every year, if the NFL can improve its officiating by promoting some college officials to the pros, that’s something the NFL needs to do.

More changes will surely come again next year, and the NFL has also identified several current college officials who are being groomed for NFL jobs as soon as next year. That list includes two women, Sarah Thomas and Maia Chaka, who are currently working in Conference USA. The NFL has previously had a female official serve as a replacement during the officiating lockout of 2012, but no woman has ever been hired as a permanent member of the league’s officiating department.

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76 Responses to “Ed Hochuli’s son among 12 new NFL officials for 2014”
  1. jackburton77 says: May 22, 2014 12:03 PM

    Is he stacked? Is he a first down machine like his dad…just to show off the pipes?

  2. dtownsportslions says: May 22, 2014 12:04 PM

    He’s 6″2 245 and was recently in the new ‘300’ movie as well

  3. thestrategyexpert says: May 22, 2014 12:04 PM

    Good there’s too many lousy referees, keep cycling out the bad ones. But there wouldn’t be any bad ones if the NFL could implement an intelligent and logical system of rules and oversight of the rules.

  4. honkeyt says: May 22, 2014 12:05 PM


  5. dacktle49 says: May 22, 2014 12:05 PM

    Great just what the league needs another Hochuli FML!

  6. axx1 says: May 22, 2014 12:05 PM

    Ed hochuli needs toget drug tesred for peds just like the rest of the players.
    Just sayin

  7. nomoreseasontix says: May 22, 2014 12:05 PM

    That’s not nepotism. No way. Not at all…

  8. cruuuzcontrol says: May 22, 2014 12:06 PM

    Darn, guess I’ll have to wait another year for Jeff Triplette to retire/get fired.

  9. loggedout864 says: May 22, 2014 12:07 PM

    Well isnt that just wonderful? We’ve got ourselves a another generation of ineptitude and roided out biceps in extra small shirts on the way.

    How lovely.

  10. kurtrundell says: May 22, 2014 12:08 PM

    Gotta love nepotism.

  11. bleedgreen11 says: May 22, 2014 12:08 PM

    “Ed Hochuli, my body is ready”

  12. hunst009 says: May 22, 2014 12:10 PM

    Is he going to wear the muscle uniform as well??

  13. bearsbearsbearsbears says: May 22, 2014 12:11 PM

    The Gun Show will live on through Hochuli Jr.

  14. naes says: May 22, 2014 12:13 PM

    With all the talk about HGH has old beach body Ed ever been tested?

  15. dapollock69 says: May 22, 2014 12:16 PM

    Great announcement. Probably just gave Cutler’s kid nightmares.

  16. amlowlife says: May 22, 2014 12:16 PM

    May Junior’s guns not be as big nor his penalty explanations be as long…

  17. harrisonhits2 says: May 22, 2014 12:17 PM

    Hoculi was the best official for years until he screwed up that call in San Diego a few years ago. Never been quite the same since then.

  18. dryzzt23 says: May 22, 2014 12:17 PM

    And here I thought that only the government was good at nepotism.
    I am waiting for the affirmative action police to come out of the closet and raise heck that the NFL didn’t hire a gay black transgender person over Hoch Jr.

  19. shaggyjeff says: May 22, 2014 12:17 PM

    Is he juicing like his dad ?

  20. jackburton77 says: May 22, 2014 12:19 PM

    Ed Hochuli should have his own practive and just call himself The Ultimate Lawyer and wear the facepaint, etc.

  21. phonesringingdude1 says: May 22, 2014 12:19 PM

    The legacy of the bicep lives on.

  22. blackbug99 says: May 22, 2014 12:19 PM

    Since, Ed Hochuli didn’t do the hiring, it’s not nepotism. How many football players/coaches have kids etc. in the league? He’s just following in daddy’s footsteps.

  23. tremoluxman says: May 22, 2014 12:21 PM

    Hey, now we get ‘Flex’ Hochuli, Jr. to watch as he poses his way through a game. I wonder if he’ll wear a one-size-too-small Spandex shirt.

  24. buddysguys says: May 22, 2014 12:21 PM

    How much does he bench?

  25. themage78 says: May 22, 2014 12:23 PM

    So we get to see more blown easy calls like the one in the Chargers/Broncos game? Hochuli is one of the worst referees out there, no matter what the NFL says.

  26. orangeisthenewblue says: May 22, 2014 12:23 PM

    Sweet hope he’s like his dad. Makes the right call and doesn’t take forever to do it. And can take a hit from a giant linebacker!

  27. doctorrustbelt says: May 22, 2014 12:25 PM

    The correct spelling of his last name is…


  28. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: May 22, 2014 12:26 PM


  29. jimr10 says: May 22, 2014 12:27 PM

    Somebody needs tp consult a dictionary and fine out what nepotism means..

  30. fumblenuts says: May 22, 2014 12:27 PM

    Does son of Hochuli have massive guns like the old man?

  31. thegenoatkinsdiet says: May 22, 2014 12:29 PM

    Here comes Young Guns…

  32. norseyapper says: May 22, 2014 12:29 PM

    I’ve watched Shawn Hochuli officiate college games and sure, I took notice because of his name, but it was clear that he was a quality official. I think that if the other 11 new comers are of similar quality the NFL may be moving in the right direction.

    As for nepotism, maybe the name helped him get his start but he’s earned his way thereafter.

  33. mikejsmith32 says: May 22, 2014 12:31 PM

    Do you think that when Shawn Hochuli was a kid, instead of joining the neighborhood kids to play football, he’d officiate the game instead?

  34. ghostofgilchrist says: May 22, 2014 12:32 PM

    Pay attention kid when selecting a nickname…”Pocket Hercules” and “Muscle Hamster” are taken…

  35. bullcharger says: May 22, 2014 12:38 PM

    Don’t complain about any of his son’s bad calls or Ed might knock you out.

  36. dspyank2k11 says: May 22, 2014 12:38 PM

    Son of Kong

  37. ariani1985 says: May 22, 2014 12:42 PM

    Packer fan…….what’s a job?

  38. trollingforjustice says: May 22, 2014 12:42 PM

    Just as Eve was produced from Adams rib…….
    Son of Hoculi was born from the right bicept.
    now that’s funny..don’t care who ya are!!

  39. bamsky says: May 22, 2014 12:44 PM

    Awesome!!! Does this mean that the Officials strike is over..can’t wait for the good ones to show back up this year. What a horrible job the replacements did this past season.

  40. jeffsnow7 says: May 22, 2014 12:50 PM

    Hoch is the man… Got the pleasure of seeing him red twice last year lions redskins and then lions eagles

  41. baddegg says: May 22, 2014 12:52 PM

    How do all of you guys know that it’s nepotism?

    Should it be a rule that you cannot go to work at a place your dad worked? If so, that’s just blatantly discriminatory.

    If anything, he’s going to be under MORE scrutiny than any other official in the NFL. Believe me, he will have to proove that he is worthy…

  42. greenwhodat26 says: May 22, 2014 12:53 PM

    Hopefully he will do better than Ed. Ed is a celebrity because of his arms, but the fact is that he is a terrible official and always has been.

  43. baddegg says: May 22, 2014 12:55 PM

    If the Hurks ever call a game together, it will be funny, like a WWE tag team.

    Bark at the ref and before you know it you got “high/lowed” by the Hurk Brothers..

  44. tomthebombtracy says: May 22, 2014 12:56 PM

    Dying to know if the official who missed calling the illegal alignment by the Chargers in their last game with KC ..whether he got renewed. That missed call meant no retry on the FG…and no Steelers playoffs.

  45. rutchaser says: May 22, 2014 12:57 PM

    Ed’s not on juice, he just works out. You can tell the difference.

  46. realnflmaster says: May 22, 2014 12:57 PM

    What a joke. Get a real job!

  47. zdravit says: May 22, 2014 1:04 PM

    Does he even lift?

  48. johngaltwho says: May 22, 2014 1:09 PM

    Which is more concerning – the nepotism or the promotion of another PAC-12 official? The PAC-12 has not exactly been the embodiment of quality or integrity in officiating the past few years.

  49. dude1988 says: May 22, 2014 1:12 PM

    hate to see ron winter go, hes been one of the best refs on the field for the past several years

  50. dpdonny says: May 22, 2014 1:14 PM

    Wonder if he’s gonna wear a “smedium” shirt as well as Pops.

  51. phinfan says: May 22, 2014 1:22 PM

    Big Guns, Little Guns

  52. truthofthefootballbusiness says: May 22, 2014 1:26 PM

    I can’t wait until the first game Hercules and son are working together, WAY too many penalties just to show off da guns, Greg Hardy will be impressed.

  53. asimonetti88 says: May 22, 2014 1:30 PM

    Conference USA to the NFL would be an unbelievable difficult jump…

  54. truenorth84 says: May 22, 2014 1:32 PM

    And the ref from the acc is a converted basketball ref because that’s the only sport the acc plays

  55. docsweeney says: May 22, 2014 1:33 PM

    He is here to pump (clap) you up!!!

  56. wnstonchill says: May 22, 2014 1:37 PM

    Will he be using the same make-up artist as daddy does before the games?

  57. ac540 says: May 22, 2014 1:47 PM

    “hate to see ron winter go, hes been one of the best refs on the field for the past several years”

    In the interest of full disclosure, are you
    (a) related to Ron Winter;
    (b) a Patriots fan; or
    (c) all of the above?

    The city of Baltimore and Ravens fans around the world wish Mr. Winter a happy retirement. Your fruit basket is in the mail.

    Patriots fans beg you to come back.

  58. dwinsgames says: May 22, 2014 1:48 PM

    Finally! The end of Winter!

  59. deke952 says: May 22, 2014 1:51 PM

    They’ll never have the best seven on the field as long as Jeff Triplette is still a referee. Awful.

  60. sb44champs says: May 22, 2014 2:01 PM

    According to Hurk, if the play is anywhere near close to PI, it’s got to be PI..

  61. marima07 says: May 22, 2014 2:02 PM

    Hope that this time next year we’ll be reading that Jeff Triplette has retired. He’s gotta go.

  62. yb1956 says: May 22, 2014 2:04 PM

    It sounds like Ed’s son is working his way up through the ranks. Nothing wrong with that. Lots of sons follow thier dads footsteps. No need to hammer him for that.

  63. tokyofilthblaster says: May 22, 2014 2:36 PM

    Jay Cutler demands an explanation.

  64. greg2geez says: May 22, 2014 2:46 PM

    Officiating just got better with Winters retirement, addition by subtraction. So long Droopy. Meanwhile Jeff Tripplette can’t make heads or tails of things.

  65. dalcow4 says: May 22, 2014 3:25 PM

    “We’re gonna…up” with nepotism.

  66. gtrav says: May 22, 2014 3:28 PM

    Just came here (like some others) to vent that Jeff Triplette is still not retired. Carry on

  67. starfan79 says: May 22, 2014 3:52 PM

    He’s not human.. He is a machine.

  68. notthetroll says: May 22, 2014 3:52 PM

    I should invest in some Men’s small referee shirts… think the price will be going up.

  69. @Cereal_22 says: May 22, 2014 3:57 PM

    They all suck, who cares

  70. gotitan says: May 22, 2014 4:05 PM

    Suns out, guns out in a schamedium sized shirt.

  71. trubroncfan07 says: May 22, 2014 4:44 PM

    I can’t wait to bet the underdogs for the games he does, he will be a chip of the old block like his dad. $$$

  72. jgedgar70 says: May 22, 2014 5:13 PM

    We interrupt this irrational bashing with breaking news:

    1) Ed Hochuli did not hire his son. he NFL did.
    2) Shawn Hochuli will not be making any calls. He’s a SIDE JUDGE, not a referee.

    We now return you to your irrational hatred programming.

  73. vikesandravens78 says: May 22, 2014 5:23 PM

    Ed “Hercules” Hochuli is the best in the NFL. Hope his son performs to the same high standard as his father as an official.

  74. bearclaw69 says: May 22, 2014 6:24 PM

    Just don’t let either father or son anywhere near San Diego.

  75. beelicker says: May 22, 2014 7:03 PM

    They are there
    Should the need arise
    There to show that might & right
    Can still survive!
    On land or on the seeeeaaa
    As long as there is neeeeed
    There’ll be Sons of Hochuli …
    Sons of Hochuli!

  76. pittsteelers101 says: May 24, 2014 10:37 AM

    He needs to pump a lot more iron !

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