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Three NFL game officials retire

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The ranks of the NFL’s game officials will be changing in 2017, at least by a little bit.

The NFL Referees Association have announced that three officials have retired: Head Linesman John McGrath (pictured); Line Judge Troy Veteri, Jr.; and Field Judge Bob Waggoner.

Veteri has 25 years of experience. Waggoner, 20. McGrath has been on the job for 15 seasons. Each worked at least one Super Bowl.

“These men have had extensive and impressive careers in NFL officiating,” NFLRA Executive Director Scott Green said in a press release. “We have been fortunate to have them as colleagues and friends. They will be missed on the field but will always be a part of our fraternity. We wish the absolute best in their retirements.”

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12 Responses to “Three NFL game officials retire”
  1. riprozelle says: Mar 20, 2017 12:59 PM

    When I saw the headline, I KNEW Jeff Triplette was one of those retiring. But no, our long national nightmare continues…

  2. scrimshawturtle says: Mar 20, 2017 1:04 PM

    What a shame that Walt Anderson’s name wasn’t on the list.

  3. MichaelEdits says: Mar 20, 2017 1:10 PM

    Unfortunately, their names are not Hochuli, Morelli and Steratore.

  4. kerrchris65 says: Mar 20, 2017 1:12 PM

    I also was hoping it was Jeff Triplette. Worst ref I have ever seen. Personally ended a players career and caused temporary blindness after hitting Orlando Brown in the eye with a flag. Due to the frequency of poor in game officiating, I would guess he is also on the payroll of someone who would fix games.

  5. jchipwood says: Mar 20, 2017 1:28 PM

    And the patriots organization just got a little worse.

  6. norseyapper says: Mar 20, 2017 1:30 PM

    The only hope: drain the swamp and start over.

  7. grogansheroes says: Mar 20, 2017 1:53 PM

    I’m thinking they were fired!

  8. redsea1111 says: Mar 20, 2017 1:57 PM

    “They will be missed on the field but will always be a part of our fraternity.”

    “Fraternity” is most often associated with a club or group of men with common interests, often secular.

    What do the female officials think of the good ‘ole boy network?

    Should they start their own sorority?

  9. hess97 says: Mar 20, 2017 2:03 PM

    Of course Hoculi, Storatore, and Boger are still around to make sure the biggest of games can be fixed appropriately.

  10. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Mar 20, 2017 2:22 PM

    To be honest, they retired a few years ago.

  11. billsfanmike says: Mar 20, 2017 4:04 PM

    The worst refs of any of the big four American sports leagues. NBA,NHL and MLB at least don’t make it so obvious who the outcome of the games they’re reffing will win.

  12. notmyfirstgame says: Mar 21, 2017 10:26 AM

    The NFL should conduct an audit every year on the finances of every official, just to assure the public that they are not receiving income that would create a bias toward any team, and that their reported income accounts for their lifestyle.

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