The NFL said Tuesday that 10 new game officials will take the field next season.
The newcomers are a diverse group.
There is side judge Lo van Pham, who becomes the NFL’s first Asian-American official.
Down judge Robin DeLorenzo is the third female official, joining Sarah Thomas and Maia Chaka.
And, while it might seem crazy to think of any Raider as a future game official, former linebacker Mike Morton, returns to the NFL as an umpire.
Morton, a fourth-round draft pick of the Raiders in 1995, played four seasons for them during a seven-year NFL career. He joins two other former NFL players, Nate Jones and Terry Killens, on the roster of officials.
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Then new hires — all of whom previously officiated in college football Power 5 conferences — follow the retirements of eight officials after the 2021 season, including 27-year veteran and longtime referee Tony Corrente.