Referee Ed Hochuli signals the start of a play in a game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns in Baltimore, Maryland, on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. (George Bridges/MCT)

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A 1,000-yard rusher at Canyon del Oro High School, 1968, and a graduate of UA Law School, Hochuli is among one of the most accomplished referees in NFL history. He has been a crew chief the last 26 years, calling Super Bowl XXXII and XXXVIII in addition to five NFL conference championship games. Hochuli began as a Pop Warner League referee in Tucson in 1970 and worked high school and Pac-10 games until joining the NFL in 1985.

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