First Asian American in the NFL’s new 10 on-field officials

NEW YORK — The NFL hired 10 new officials on the field, including an Asian American who was the first to officiate in the league and a former NFL player.

Lo van Pham is a Big 12 Conference player who joins NFL. Born in Vietnam, he moved to the United States as a child when he was seven.

Mike Morton joins Terry Killens and Nate Jones as the third ex-NFL player on the 2022 list of officials. Morton was drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round of 1995. He was a linebacker with them from 1995 to 1998. During his seven-year NFL tenure, he also played in St. Louis and Green Bay (2000).

Robin DeLorenzo is now the third woman to be on the NFL's roster as an on-field official, joining Sarah Thomas (and Maia Chaka). DeLorenzo hails from the Big Ten Conference.

Tra Boger (the son of Jerome Boger long-time NFL referee) joins the league out of the SEC as a field Judge. They are the only current father/son pair on the roster.

Max Causey, down judge, Brandon Cruse and Duane Heckt, Alex Moore, field judge Alonzo Ramsay, side judge Jeff Shears and umpires Alex Moore round out the 10.

The league had previously announced Tra Blake's promotion to referee. Blake succeeded Tony Corrente, who had retired.

The NFL announced Tuesday also that Artenzia Youth-Seigler and Denise Crudup are the first Black female replay officers.

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