Longtime Refs Jeff Triplette, Ed Hochuli Have Announced Their Retirements

A tribute to Ed Hochuli the NFL's buffest referee

A tribute to Ed Hochuli the NFL's buffest referee

Hochuli officiated two Super Bowls in his career (XXXII and XXXVIII) as well as five conference championship games. He's the longest-tenured official in the game.

Hochuli, a lawyer by trade, originally was a back judge and moved up to referee in 1992. He would use 100 words to explain a call that would take another ref just ten, and wore uniforms that helped his bulging biceps appear even larger. "I get notoriety because I explain things, and I get notoriety because I have a decent physique, which is amusing because I'm a shrimp", Hochuli said in a 2007 interview with USA Today.

We're told in retirement, 67-year-old Hochuli plans on "getting on with life" with his wife Cathie by taking their "motorhome and traveling the country".

National Football League senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron announced Tuesday that longtime referees Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette were retiring.

Riveron also confirmed that another referee, Jeff Triplette, will retire; there were reports in January that Triplette was stepping away from officiating. So it will be good to get some new blood who can hopefully be a more reliable referee for many years to come.

Longtime NFL referee Ed Hochuli, right, is retiring.

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