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Old 10-11-2011, 04:25 PM   #16
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Re: How come there has never been a retired referee as an announcer?

Also, remember most (if not all) refs have other professions on going, and I don't think they have the short nfl career span that most players, or even coaches, that go onto broadcasting do. Look at Jeff Triplette's Wiki I don't see him being in any quick hurry to go in the booth:

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Triplette is a retired Army Reserve colonel. He was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in the Persian Gulf War while serving in the North Carolina Army National Guard.

In January 2007, Triplette was named President and Chief Operating Officer of FNC, Inc., the provider of collateral management technology to the nation's largest mortgage lenders. Before joining FNC, he was Vice President for Risk Management at Duke Energy, a large energy company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:38 PM   #17
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Also, remember most (if not all) refs have other professions on going, and I don't think they have the short nfl career span that most players, or even coaches, that go onto broadcasting do. Look at Jeff Triplette's Wiki I don't see him being in any quick hurry to go in the booth:
Jeff Tripplette - Not your stereotypical "stuffed suit" corporate executive.

And Ed Hochuli is an attorney. No wonder why his explanations are so detailed.(which why I like him. lol)
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Old 10-11-2011, 04:52 PM   #18
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Re: How come there has never been a retired referee as an announcer?

I guess it has been done before...in the NHL

Bill Chadwick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Still, I don't think we're aching for a former ref to sit next to Brad Nessler in the broadcast booth
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Re: How come there has never been a retired referee as an announcer?

AW, this is an excellent question. I agree that 90% of the refs would be mind-numbingly boring. But I bet there are a few who would be fantastic -- especially the old-school guys from Louisiana or Texas. They do love the game and do understand it as well as, say, Dennis Miller.

So this leads me to conclude that there is a code of silence enforced by the NFL. Let's check the CFL and see if any of them are working up there.
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AW, this is an excellent question. I agree that 90% of the refs would be mind-numbingly boring. But I bet there are a few who would be fantastic -- especially the old-school guys from Louisiana or Texas. They do love the game and do understand it as well as, say, Dennis Miller.

So this leads me to conclude that there is a code of silence enforced by the NFL. Let's check the CFL and see if any of them are working up there.
They have to be paid, and they're probably paid Thom Brennamen money, not Aikman and Buck money. These guys have pretty well-paying jobs already, and don't necessarily desire the travel required for being an announcer.
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:01 PM   #21
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I defend what deserves to be defended. When not deserved...I keep quiet. Referees wouldn't be all that great as color commentators because they are not involved with the team during the week when it comes to practice, and strategy etc. They would have limited knowledge to offer
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Would there be anyone more boring for the job than a ref?
A few folks come to mind:

Peewee Herman
Sinead O'Connor
Roseanne Barr
Dennis Miller
Joe Theisman
Fred "The Hammer" Williamson
Al Gore
Given the choice between a former ref and anyone on that list, give me the former ref...
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:54 PM   #23
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Re: How come there has never been a retired referee as an announcer?

Have you ever seen how old the reffs are? They go straight from the field to 6 feet under. Hell I'm surprised none have died right there on the field.
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