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Former NFL Player Is Becoming An On-Field Referee

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23: A detail of the uniform and whistle of an NFL referee as he oversees the action between the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Texans defeated the Broncos 31-25. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

This NFL season will feature the first former Super Bowl winner to ever be an official. On Tuesday, the league announced the hiring of 10 new on-field referees. A group that includes former linebacker Mike Morton.

Morton was a fourth-round pick of the Raiders back in 1995, and spent four of his seven NFL seasons in silver and black before stints with the Rams, Packers and Colts.

The 50-year-old was part of St. Louis "Greatest Show on Turf" team that won it all in 1999. He'll be added to NFL's roster of officials as an umpire.

In addition to Morton, former players Nate Jones and Terry Killens will also be employed as referees.

The rest of the list is as follows:

  • Field judge Tra Boger (son of NFL referee Jerome Boger)
  • Down judge Max Causey
  • Umpire Brandon Cruse
  • Down Judge Robin DeLorenzo
  • Umpire Duane Heydt
  • Umpire Alex Moore
  • Field judge Alonzo Ramsey
  • Side judge Jeff Shears
  • Side judge Lo van Pham (the league's first Asian-American on-field official)

Eight out of the 10 officials are currently working with the USFL; as the up-start league is currently using referees NFL's development program.