Referees Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette retiring

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NFL teams aren’t the only ones going through personnel change this offseason, and replacing veterans with young talent.

The league office is doing the same, with its most high-profile referee walking away as his son walks in.

NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron just tweeted out word that longtime refs Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette were retiring, and were being replaced in the rotation by former back judge Shawn Hochuli and side judge Alex Kemp.

The 67-year-old Hochuli, best known for his tight shirts, big arms and verbose explanations of rulings on nationally televised games, has been with the league since 1990. He’s been the league’s longest-tenured ref since 2007.

Triplette has been with the league since 1996, and hasn’t been as decorated as Hochuli. Regrettably, he’s probably best known as the official who threw the flag which injured former Ravens tackle Orlando Brown, as the flag accidentally hit Brown in the eye.

98 responses to “Referees Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette retiring

  1. Aaron Rodgers might as well retire too now that these two and their crews won’t be around to give those phantom PI calls.

  2. I liked Hoculi. I always felt a brief line about why he was making the call, especially if against the Home team, helped tamper some of the vitriol in the stands.

  3. Triplette will not be missed.

    Hochuli used to be one of the best couple refs until he made that horribly bad call in San Diego a few years ago. After that he seemed to have lost his confidence and was never anywhere near as good as before that call.

  4. Hochuli drove me crazy at the end of his career by over-explaining everything but he was one of the best ever in his prime. Probably deserves his own article instead of being bunched in with one of the worst referees of all time.

  5. Triplette has been retired for years. Next season the NFL front office won’t have half as many apology letters to send to teams that got screwed out of a win.

  6. I thought Triplett already retired, and was only working for per diem. I figured the NFL was getting their money’s worth.

    I’d always appreciated Hochuli’s explainations. Usually, people (fans) would throw their arms in the air like, “what was THAT flag for?” Three minutes later, he’d finish explaining and there’d be at least some degree of understanding.

  7. meetadam says:
    March 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    “Hoading…”
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    LOL! Comment of the day.

  8. Now if they just get rid of Gene Steratore, Walt Coleman and Jerome Burger, the NFL officiating MIGHT be respectable again.

  9. Ed ‘Flex’ Hochuli is retiring!? Say it ain’t so. Dude must have taken flexing and posing lessons from Schwarzenegger.

  10. theres a new type of Nfl fans who are fans of Goodell and the Refs before any team. They cheer for player ejections and elimination of the kickoff.
    Hochuli isnt even that strong

  11. At least Hochuli had a shred of credibility at various points of his career. With Triplette as soon as a flag was thrown I had time to go to the bathroom, make a sandwich, and grab another beer just in time to get back to hear him finish his warbled explanation of a penalty.

  12. I’d always appreciated Hochuli’s explainations. Usually, people (fans) would throw their arms in the air like, “what was THAT flag for?” Three minutes later, he’d finish explaining and there’d be at least some degree of understanding.
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    If you’re a ref, you way over-explain things. It’s what you do.

  13. Not Ed “Guns” Hochuli ?!?!? I always thought he wore a smaller size shirt to show off the biceps. Always put a little more umph in that first down signal.

  14. Orlando Brown was a Brown longer than a Raven and got hit in the face while he was a Brown. Sure, he played for the Ravens but why even mention that? Its also of note that he played for the old Browns, the new Browns, and the Baltimore Browns.

  15. Does this mean Triplette will be returning the incriminating pictures of Goodell that have kept him employed for all of these years??

  16. Triplette will be know by me as the guy who called forward progress was stopped in a millisecond after Derrick Johnson crushed Mariota in the playoffs. Justin Houston would’ve possibly returned that for a TD.

    That call added 3 points for TN with their FG and possibly 10 points if Houston goes for a TD.

    But then Alex Smith choked the second half, the defense went into hiding and the Chiefs “saved” their historic home playoff loss streak…

  17. Wonder if Hochuli is retiring so he can try out for a team…or is he just going to go straight to the Strong Man competition circuit?

  18. Jeff Triplette was always good for a laugh when he had to announce Holding.

  19. For anyone wondering, yes, Shawn Hochuli is Ed’s son. Not sure why the article doesn’t specify that since it’s pretty rare for somebody to retire and be immediately replaced by their offspring.

  20. Ed Hochuli: personal foul on the offensive lineman, he had the defensive lineman on the ground giving him the business…don’t remember the game…but was funny…

  21. r8r4life says:
    March 6, 2018 at 1:48 pm
    Ed Hochuli: personal foul on the offensive lineman, he had the defensive lineman on the ground giving him the business…don’t remember the game…but was funny…
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    You remember incorrectly.
    That was Red Cashen in the late80s or early 90s

  22. Can we bring back Ben Dreith now? Jerry Markbreit? Jim Tunney? Always liked Tunney’s wide touchdown signal, almost like college bars.

  23. Wish them both luck in their new endeavor of writing a new scientific paper with Stephen Hawking on the theory of what is and is not an offensive forward pass completion.

  24. Great career, Ed! Now please don’t hold back on those cheeseburgers and onion rings! You deserve it! 😋

  25. Triplette was the worst “Official” in the NFL EVER.

    That guy was one good eye short of being a cyclops.

  26. Triplette’s flag blinded one eye of Orlando brown. Brown never played again. Triplette blew so many games, you could only figure the fix was in every time he reffed. Worst reff I’ve ever seen. Good riddance.

  27. Hochuli sure fit for 67. But how on earth could the NFL justify waiting until 67 for such a physically demanding gig? Say it to yourself….”67″. 67, really? 67?

  28. Hochuli was the worst. His games has no flow, way too many ticky tack flags and long winded explanations. Ed inserted himself into the story line of too many contests.

  29. harrisonhits2 says:
    March 6, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Triplette will not be missed.

    Hochuli used to be one of the best couple refs until he made that horribly bad call in San Diego a few years ago. After that he seemed to have lost his confidence and was never anywhere near as good as before that call.

    Actually, replay and being second guessed by Al Riveron and his X-Box has made all referees less confident.

  30. Was it Hochuli who did the call when Frank Middleton belly flopped that Detroit player?

  31. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    March 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm
    Actually my memory is incorrect.
    I think it was Ben Dreith from 1986???
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    On Oct. 5, 1986, Ben Dreith made his famous “giving him the business” call during a New York Jets-Bills game.

  32. All the best to “Muscles” Hochuli – if I have guns like that when I’m 67… I’ll be very happy.

    Triplette was one of those officials you could swear has pictures of indiscretions at the company Christmas party, because that’s the only way he could keep a job he’s not good at for that long.

  33. vikesfansteve says:

    Take Pete Morelli with you

    Lions fan Jon strongly agrees…it was Morelli and the put-together playoffs crew who cost the Lions a win against Dallas with their refusal to call defensive holding or pass interference during the last drive, as well as no offensive holding calls when Suh was being held on every play at the end of that playoff game…

  34. Fifteen years ago while in college, Hochuli came in and bought shoes from me. Unsurprisingly, he narrated his entire try on experience.

  35. contra74 says:
    March 6, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    Aaron Rodgers might as well retire too now that these two and their crews won’t be around to give those phantom PI calls.

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    Take a day off once in a while or at least come up with a new gimmick.

  36. I’ve never understood the Ed Hochuli hate. The guy was super accountable and always provided reasoning for his calls. That’s all you can really ask for in a ref.

    When he cost the Chargers a game in 2008 by mistakingly blowing his whistle, Hochuli did an interview with the San Diego paper and responded to fan emails. Have Jags fans heard anything from the ref who blew the whistle on Myles Jack’s fumble return and kept their team out of the Super Bowl?

    Hochuli made sure every fan can understand the call or non-call. Do you want them not to explain it? I remember that Patriots / Panthers Monday Nighter where Clete Blakeman pulled up a flag on the last play of the game. Instead of explaining what happened the refs just left the field. Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett about assaulted them and nobody on TV had any idea on what had happened.

  37. I was the guy Ed Hochuli emailed back in 2007. I chewed his ass for costing the Chargers a game in Denver
    against the Broncos. Ed said it was his fault and apologized.

    After word got out Ed did this, officials can no longer reply to email from fans on officiating.

    Thanks Ed.

  38. I posted earlier that they needed to get rid of Gene Staratore, Walt Coleman and Jerome Boger. I 100% stand by that. I do actually think Hochuli was one of the better one’s. Sure he made his share of mistake’s, could be pretty long-winded, but he always seemed sincere and remorseful when he learned he did screw up. You NEVER got that from any of the clowns mentioned above. And Triplette wasn’t much better than the above said clowns.

    After watching the game’s for so many years, you can kind of figure out who the refs are going for, or against before a single snap. I think Ed tried to call it fair, a lot more than some of the others. I always knew if the clowns I mentioned above were refereeing, my team was likely screwed. So I do give a tip of my hat to Ed, in that, I at least thought my team had a chance when he was the ref, and bogus calls would be at a minimum.

  39. @joenomouth…That was Pete Morelli who had the “Polamalu interception that wasn’t” in the 2005 playoffs

    Sorry to see Hochuli go, but waiting to see when Jerome Boger and Morelli join Triplette on the retirement sideline….Bill Leavy too.

  40. Now that the NFL has succeeded in ensuring ‘league parity’ to the point where every game can come down to a nebulous call (as evidenced in last year’s playoffs), referees like Triplette are no longer needed to make the fixed calls to enable the dark pools of gambling profit for the NFL owners.

  41. I’ll miss Ed Muscles, his War and Peace explanations were epic, but now we can go back to a normal 3 hour game and let the time clock stop when someone goes out of bounds no matter how much time is left in the half…

  42. Glad to see this is effective immediately and not at the end of the season. Last thing we need is some farewell tour grandstanding stuff. For good or bad both these guys inserted themselves in the game way too much. Nobody tunes in to the NFL to see the refs. Plus I think Ed hated the Redskins as much as Florio does.

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