The NFL’s VP of officiating Carl Johnson will be the league’s first full-time on-field game official, beginning next season.
Johnson has been in his current position since 2010 and will continue through Super Bowl XLVII.
In the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Referees Association, the league had the opportunity to hire some officials on a full-time basis.
“Carl Johnson’s experience on the field and in New York made him uniquely qualified to help implement the new program of a limited number of full-time game officials,” said NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson. “We are confident Carl will do an outstanding job.”
Johnson spent nine seasons as a line judge in the NFL prior to joining the league office. Johnson and other full-time officials will “focus on the training and development of officials, the scouting of potential new officials, facilitating communication with game officials and assisting the competition committee.”