Report: Three NFL officials will not return

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The NFL announced Friday the hiring of Maia Chaka as the second woman and first Black woman among the NFL’s on-field officials. That means at least one official from last season won’t return.

Football Zebras reports the number so far is three as officials Ruben Fowler, Tom Symonette and Bart Longson will not return to the NFL for the 2021 season.

The NFL typically does not announce a reason for an official’s departure, instead characterizing it as a retirement even if involuntary, per Football Zebras.

The NFL is expected to release its full roster of officials in May.

Longson, a line judge on referee Tony Corrente’s crew last season, leaves the NFL after six seasons.

Symonette, a line judge on referee John Hussey’s crew in 2020, leaves the NFL after 17 seasons. He is the current coordinator of officials for the Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Fowler, an umpire on referee Craig Wrolstad’s crew in 2020, leaves the NFL after 15 seasons.

Five on-field officials and two replay officials opted out of the 2020 season over COVID-19 concerns.

11 responses to “Report: Three NFL officials will not return

  1. None of the refs they named were involved with the NOLA No Call. I guess the NFL kept those guys around. Sad.

  2. It would be great if this happened in the real world.

    Boss: hey you’re retiring.

    Employee: um no I’m no-

    Boss: YOU’RE RETIRING!

  3. NOLA is the most cry baby team in the NFL. It was 2 plus years ago. Get over it, the Ain’ts still had chances to win, but couldn’t because of a washed up QB, who apparently still refuses to retire.

  4. wdwd1984 says:
    March 5, 2021 at 5:42 pm
    None of the refs they named were involved with the NOLA No Call. I guess the NFL kept those guys around. Sad.

    8 5 Rate This

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    All of them that called penties in the abomination of a first half in the SB this year, triggering the worst ratings in decades, all remain for a job well
    done.

  5. wdwd1984 says:
    March 5, 2021 at 5:42 pm
    None of the refs they named were involved with the NOLA No Call. I guess the NFL kept those guys around. Sad.

    8 5 Rate This

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    All of them that called penalties in the abomination of a first half in the SB this year, triggering the worst ratings in decades, all remain for a job well
    done.

  6. What about the clowns who made the worst call in NFL history, and sent the wrong team to the Super Bowl (Rams/Saints – NFC Championship Game). Are they still working?

  7. veetan says:
    March 5, 2021 at 6:59 pm
    What about the clowns who made the worst call in NFL history, and sent the wrong team to the Super Bowl (Rams/Saints – NFC Championship Game). Are they still working?
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    Get over it already.

  8. Fans of NoLa, you got a SB championship thanks to Pete Morielli and that officiating crew in 2009, so go cry elsewhere

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