Super Bowl referee John Parry retires

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John Parry, the referee who worked this year’s Super Bowl, has retired.

NFL head of officiating Al Riveron confirmed Parry’s retirement on Twitter.

“Referee John Parry has announced his retirement after 19 seasons & 3 Super Bowls. Thank you, John, for your dedication to the game. We wish you all the best!” Riveron wrote.

Parry was one of the league’s highest-rated referees, which is why he drew the Super Bowl assignment.

This is the second consecutive offseason that the NFL has seen some of its most experienced referees retire. Parry is joining Pete Morelli and Walt Coleman retiring this offseason. Last year, Ed Hochuli, Terry McAulay, Jeff Triplette and Gene Steratore retired. With NFL officiating under intense scrutiny, losing experienced referees could be a worrisome sign for the league office.

11 responses to “Super Bowl referee John Parry retires

  1. The picture of those 2 teammates bumping fists says it all about the role and state of officiating.

  2. Maybe we need men younger than 40 calling games played by men mostly younger than 30. I know my eyesight and reflexes aren’t what they were in my 20’s.

    It’s a physical game, not one that poorly conditioned fossils need to be participating in in any way.

  3. ds34952 says:
    April 1, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Maybe we need men younger than 40 calling games played by men mostly younger than 30. I know my eyesight and reflexes aren’t what they were in my 20’s.

    It’s a physical game, not one that poorly conditioned fossils need to be participating in in any way.
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    Those “fossils” are probably in better shape than you are. It’s not like they’re baseball umpires…

  4. “Maybe we need men younger than 40 calling games played by men mostly younger than 30”
    “…fossils need to be participating in in any way.”
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    So you are saying Tom Brady is a “fossil” and should not be “participating in in any way.”?
    I trust Pats fans would somewhat disagree with you.

  5. I think a better way to look at it this is, nearly half of the NFL officials that mess up calls every week have been replaced by newer and more recently trained ones.

    I know they go through training all year, but you dont learn as well when you are 50 as you are when you are 30. I welcome the new young blood to the NFL. Maybe they can improve the officiating thats been getting worse every season

  6. Thanks for that personal foul penalty against Robey-Coleman in the SB. It set the tone and the Rams never tried to play physical after that.

  7. Refs are easy targets for criticism. The job is complicated having to learn the rule book and notice when a penalty occurs. Anyway, this reminds me that I need to get my car retired as the tread is almost gone.

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