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NEW YORK — Two former NFL gamers are among the six new officials for the future NFL time.

Discipline judge Nate Jones joins the NFL officiating personnel from the Pac-12, pursuing an 8-year pro job as a defensive back. Umpire Terry Killens was a linebacker in the course of his seven NFL seasons before officiating in the American Athletic Conference.

The other very first-year officials are aspect judges Dave Hawkshaw and Jimmy Russell, down judge Patrick Holt and line judge Tripp Sutter.

Referees Walt Coleman, John Parry and Pete Morelli retired after last season. Line decide Jeff Bergman, entering his 28th NFL year, is now the longest-serving official.

The roster also includes two other previous NFL gamers. Back choose Steve Freeman was a defensive back for 13 seasons and down judge Phil McKinnely was an offensive lineman for seven decades.

Freeman and his son, facet decide Brad Freeman, are the only established of father-son officers energetic in the NFL. Referees Shawn Hochuli and Alex Kemp and line decide Walt Coleman IV also are the sons of previous NFL referees. Also, 3 sets of brothers — Allen and Rusty Baynes, Jeff and Jerry Bergman, and Carl, Dino and Perry Paganelli — are on the 2019 roster.

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