NFL will field first ever all-Black officiating crew on Monday night

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In the NFL’s 101st season, a first will happen on Monday night.

Via Jarrett Bell of USA Today, the league will use its first-ever all-Black officiating crew on Monday night, when the Buccaneers host the Rams.

The seven who will handle the game include referee Jerome Boger, umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, field judge Dale Shaw, side judge Anthony Jeffries, and back judge Greg Steed.

“This historic Week 11 crew is a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of Black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion that is the hallmark of this great game,” NFL executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent told Bell.

Boger served as the referee in Super Bowl XLVII. Johnson succeeded Mike Pereira as the NFL’s V.P. of officiating before returning to on-field duties.

14 responses to “NFL will field first ever all-Black officiating crew on Monday night

  1. Historic? Just because it hadn’t happened randomly in the past? Has there been any hue and cry about there not being “enough” black officials? At the end of the day are there are really any fans out there who give any thought at all to the color of the guys screwing their team over with bad calls/non-calls?

  2. More narrative focused agenda here. Why is this even relative? White players are the minority in the NFL, so why wasn’t there a story about three white Raiders players (Heath x2 and Nassib) making up for all of the teams interceptions on Sunday. Has this ever happened before?

  3. kcsam76 says:
    November 17, 2020 at 12:16 pm
    More narrative focused agenda here. Why is this even relative? White players are the minority in the NFL, so why wasn’t there a story about three white Raiders players (Heath x2 and Nassib) making up for all of the teams interceptions on Sunday. Has this ever happened before?
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    Check that. I forgot about Kwiatkoski’s INT. So that makes three white players with four INTS. Please do a story on this since it’s probably never happened before and is “historic”.

  4. how long till the all female officiating crew with two female NFL head coaches going against two female GM’s…lets do it NFL!

  5. I couldn’t care less what race, creed, color or sex make up any of the officials. I only care that they do a good job.

  6. Hardly anyone watching would have even noticed if it were not pointed out to them NFL sources!
    Stop pointing it out will help the cause..

  7. The fact that it is a first, in a league this old, is historic. The fact that there are enough black officials to do this is historic. To give this context, remember that 50 years ago the Alabama Crimson Tide didn’t have any black players! In the 70s and 80s people were saying a team couldn’t win the Super Bowl with a black quarterback, even after Doug Williams won a Super Bowl.

    But the bottom line is that it won’t matter to fans. Who the heck even remembers the names of officials.

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