For the first time in history, an NFL game will feature an all-black officiating crew.
That history is scheduled to be made during the Monday Night Football game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the visiting Los Angeles Rams.
“This historic Week 11 crew is a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion that is the hallmark of this great game,” NFL executive VP of football operations Troy Vincent said in a statement.
The seven-man crew will be led by Jerome Boger, who’s been an NFL official since 2003. He was the referee for Super Bowl XLVII.
The remaining officials are as follows, per the league:
- Barry Anderson – Umpire – 14-year NFL official
- Anthony Jeffries – Side Judge – three-year NFL official
- Carl Johnson – Line Judge – 17-year NFL official
- Julian Mapp – Down Judge – 12-year NFL official
- Dale Shaw – Field Judge – eight-year NFL official
- Greg Steed – Back Judge – 18-year NFL official
“I am proud of my heritage and excited about my participation in this historic game,” Boger said. “The opportunity to work with a great group of black officials and exhibit our proficiency in executing our assignment is something I am really looking forward to.”