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.