15 NFL Players to Participate in Officiating Academy March 13-15 in Baltimore

Super Bowl XLVIII Referee Terry McAulay to be Keynote Speaker

Fourteen NFL legends and one current NFL player will take part in the 2014 Football Officiating Academy Fast Track Clinic and the Tom Beard Football Officials Clinic March 13-15 in Baltimore, the NFL announced today.

NFL Player Engagement and the NFL Football Officiating Academy partnered to select the players for the three-day program.

This year’s Fast Track clinic will be co-hosted by several former players who recently completed their first year as FOA (Football Officiating Academy) Fast Track Officials who will be recognized and honored for their efforts in officiating. The inaugural class of 2013 FOA Fast Track Officials includes CHARLES ALI, RICK DEMULLING, NATE JONES, TERRY KILLENS, LANDON TRUSTY and WILLIAM THOMAS, who have collectively worked more than 100 football games ranging from pee-wee to Division II.  Ali received the Rookie of the Year Award for his outstanding efforts in officiating from the Georgia Football Officials Athletic Association.

Former players and current NFL Player Engagement representatives JAMES THRASH and DAVID TYREE will speak to the participants.

The Tom Beard Clinic will engage players in a program featuring classroom and on-field instruction, including breakouts by position group and on-field scrimmage work. Instructors include current and former officials and officiating supervisors at all levels including Super Bowl XLVIII referee TERRY MC AULAY, umpire RUBEN FOWLER, head linesman WAYNE MACKIE, and back judge GREG STEED. McAulay will provide the keynote address.  More than 10 NFL officials as well as officials from the CFL, Arena League and college football have participated at the Tom Beard officiating camps and clinics.

“As we continue to develop and grow our officiating pipeline, this is a wonderful opportunity for former players to explore post-playing careers,” said TROY VINCENT, Senior Vice President of NFL Player Engagement.  “Officiating is a way our players can extend from active participation on the field to becoming ongoing contributors in one of the crucial elements of our game.”

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