Tony Corrente will retire after the season

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Another tenured and experienced referee will be stepping away from the game.

Referee Tony Corrente will retire after the 2021 season, according to FootballZebras.com.

Corrente, 70, joined the NFL in 1995 as a back judge. He became a referee in 1998. He worked 20 postseason games, including Super Bowl XLI.

Eleven years ago, Corrente worked through a bout with throat cancer, one that was discovered after he was knocked down during an altercation during a Steelers-Raven game. He missed only four games while undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

During what will be his final season in the NFL, Corrente found himself in the middle of an avoidable controversy, after flagging Bears linebacker Cassius Marsh for taunting during a Monday night game in Pittsburgh. Marsh impermissibly (in Corrente’s assessment) “posturing” to the Steelers sideline.

As Marsh passed Corrente, the referee threw a hip in Marsh’s direction, a bizarre move for which the NFL did not (as far as anyone knows) discipline Corrente.

The controversy became a welcome one for the NFL, given that it drew attention away from a horrendous low block call by Corrente that negated a touchdown.

52 responses to “Tony Corrente will retire after the season

  1. His retirement is coming one year too late. Not only did he miss the low block in the Bears game, he did not call a very late hit to Justin Fields, that only a few minutes earlier he threw for Big Ben.
    He cost the Bears a game. Perhaps Matt Nagy would like to meet up with Corrente some day!

  2. He was 70 years old no wonder he didn’t like the posturing towards the steelers sideline… he just wanted marsh to get off his lawn

  3. 70 year old men should not be asked to keep up with 25 year old athletes. That being said, Corrente single handedly lost that game for the Bears. It doesn’t matter if he didn’t do it intentionally, it was obvious to anyone who watched the game.

    The Bears aren’t good enough to overcome the refs and their opponents.

  4. imagine if the refs are full time? can accountabiity be ess than zero? They get away with crap calls all the time now, if they have a union, it’ll be even worse. Normally unions are a good thing for the people, but when it promotes corruption and hides behind a veil of dishonesty? well, you get the gist

  5. Refs in the NFL should retire at 65, MAX, when most other people retire. 70 year old men trying to keep up with studs young enough to be their sons or GRANDsons does not make for a very efficient refereeing team. No wonder they miss calls….

  6. It’s a shame that he will be remembered for a horrendous final year of his fine career. Hope he enjoys the retirement!

  7. bajer says:

    January 8, 2022 at 9:22 am

    imagine if the refs are full time? can accountabiity be ess than zero? They get away with crap calls all the time now, if they have a union, it’ll be even worse. Normally unions are a good thing for the people, but when it promotes corruption and hides behind a veil of dishonesty? well, you get the gist
    ——————
    That’s not accurate to say unions are a good thing for the people. Unions do protect workers from unfair treatment BUT they also do stall the advancement of better employees based off seniority. Really if your a crappy to (at best)average worker more likely than not you love unions but average to above average workers it becomes a split.

  8. Head of Refs: Tony, As our lowest graded Ref, you may retire or you can fired.

    Tony: I will retire.

  9. Glad to hear he’s healthy after surviving cancer.

    Elated to hear he’ll never ref another game again.

  10. This is one of very few places where someone is ALWAYS willing to defend the indefensible. Corrente’s career has been marred by his own… lapses in judgement and consistently bad calls. That’s it.

  11. Age is just a number if you’re lucky enough to remain in good health and facilitate that through consistent exercise, drinking lots of water and nutrition.

  12. Funny how nfl refs who make inexplicable calls in big games are suddenly able to retire. Guess those kind of calls pay well.

  13. He’s retiring now that he’s made a boat load of cash at the sports book is my guess. This dude was so crooked he creeks when he walks. Jerk.

  14. Tony Corrente is now known these days as
    “TONY TWO PLAYS”..in certain circles

  15. A horrible ‘homer’ referee. Buffalo vs Houston playoff game a few years ago he and his crew ran around the field like blind men. Horrible calls in that game and many other poorly officiated games by this clown.

  16. He got a little too close to being caught helping to fix games so he’s getting out now. A little too late for the Bears/Steelers game to have ended with a fair outcome.

  17. I’m 71 and in pretty good shape. However I don’t believe that a man my age could effectively judge a football game among 20-something year old athletes. We get brittle, can’t hear or see so well, or run to keep up with game speed. Why the hell doesn’t the NFL realize this? Why aren’t game officials forcibly retired at 65? And why are many part time employees? Inexplicable…

  18. It’s time the NFL should have at least 2 FULLTIME officials on the field to oversee all the calls. And the official in the booth should be more involved to make sure the calls on the field are fair.
    And there needs to be a mandatory retirement age.
    This game has gotten so fast I just can’t see where any refs over 60 can keep up. Also the money involved is so large,… a bad call can cost a team $$millions$$.

  19. Good riddance to one of the worst. When is the NFL agoing to fix this with full-time refs who can see properly?

  20. Don’t get too exited bears fans, he’ll probably end up in the league office in charge of officiating.

  21. I wanna be 70 years old, working weekends, racking up travel miles, getting exercise, and making good money in football.

    Might be a smart path to go down when you realize that there are 1000 guys who want the same thing as you, at least 100 of them are better, and 10 will make better coaches.

  22. His reffing of that Bears Steelers game actually made me go research conspiracy theories on the NFL being fixed.
    It seemed like a test bed for how much can the NFL sway a game for when they start gambling.

  23. kaepurnicus says:
    January 8, 2022 at 10:03 am
    Age is just a number if you’re lucky enough to remain in good health and facilitate that through consistent exercise, drinking lots of water and nutrition.

    ———–

    70 isn’t just a number it’s elderly. Officiating is a joke, and this is a big reason why.

  24. I wonder if the NFL does cognitive and visual evaluations of 70 year old refs before they sign them on for another season?

  25. Ironic that people are celebrating his retirement, as if anyone lined up to take his place is an improvement!

  26. Believe it or not there will be some owners and coaches that will be saddened by his retirement. Two sides of a coin remember.

  27. I remember at one point I think I could name, or recognize by the face almost 3/4 of NFL referees. We are now at a point I recognize I think 2-3 and other than the ones who are children of former refers can name 0-1. The weak link in the sport is officiating quality, depth, and the pipeline that produces it. It is an 800 LBs gorilla in the room with how gambling has gone off like a bomb in the country. There is an inevitable scandal/ and or moment of controversy coming that will change this. But the NFL must be smacked in the face with a cold 100 LBs mackerel to act and it will not avoid the controversy simply step fully on to the landmine till a loud *Click* announces the problems presence. IMO

  28. I will assume that week 18 will be his last….since only the refs with highest grades get playoff assignments.

  29. Many people commenting that 70 is too old. We have lots of people (in much more powerful posts in America than NFL Referee) who are 70 or way past it and still revered and making big important decisions deciding way bigger things. I’m no big Tony Corrente fan, just an observer…

  30. What difference will it make? Corrente will just be replaced with another bad ref. No addition by subtraction at all.

  31. paupwarner says:
    January 8, 2022 at 1:57 pm
    I wonder if the NFL does cognitive and visual evaluations of 70 year old refs before they sign them on for another season?

    We should start doing that with U.S. Presidents also

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