NFL announces new officiating crews going into 2017 season

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 30: Referee Ed Hochuli
DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 30: Referee Ed Hochuli /

New faces will be appearing on television screens Sunday afternoons as the NFL rejuvenates their officiating lineup

Thursday afternoon the NFL announced the officiating teams that will manage the games this season.

Of the 124 officials, eight will be entering their first season in the NFL.

Nineteen officials will have at least 20 years of experience entering the 2017 season, with Walt Coleman returning for his 29th season.

Joining Coleman will be the eight rookie officials, all stemming from college football.

SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 02: Philip Rivers
SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 02: Philip Rivers /

"Line judge BRIAN BOLINGER (Big Ten), line judge MIKE CARR (Big Ten), side judge RYAN DICKSON (Pac-12), down judge DAVID OLIVER (SEC), field judge MEARL ROBINSON (Pac-12), field judge BRAD ROGERS (SEC), line judge DANNY SHORT (ACC), and umpire STEVE WOODS (Big Ten) will make their NFL officiating debuts this season."

Former Buffalo Bill Steve Freeman and his son Brad will be among the three father-son officials currently in the league. The elder Freeman and Phil McKinley are the only active officials who’ve played in the NFL.

The entire roster of NFL officials going into the new season can be seen below.

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Football returns with the Hall of Fame game Thursday, August 3 at the new stadium in Canton, Ohio.

Last year the Hall of Fame game was not played because an employee used the wrong paint, which congealed the entire field, thus making it unfit for players and their safety.