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Published: March 6, 2018 at 09:52 p.m.
Updated: March 7, 2018 at 12:33 p.m.

Ed Hochuli Through The Years

After 28 seasons of calling the game, NFL referee Ed Hochuli has decided to retire. Since his debut as a back judge during a 1990 preseason game in Green Bay, Hochuli has refereed in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXVIII and has grown a cult following for his clear in-game explanations as well as his physical fitness and sculpted physique.

Take a look at the career of Ed Hochuli through the years.

18 Photos Total

  • Referee Ed Hochuli signals a touchdown during an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers on August 8, 1998, in San Diego. The Chargers won, 27-21. 18

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    Referee Ed Hochuli signals a touchdown during an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers on August 8, 1998, in San Diego. The Chargers won, 27-21.

  • Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves talks with line judge Mark Perlman (9) and referee Ed Hochuli (85) at the conclusion of the first half of the New Orleans Saints-Atlanta Falcons game on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, in New Orleans. 17

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    Dan Reeves, Mark Perlman, Ed Hochuli

    Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves talks with line judge Mark Perlman (9) and referee Ed Hochuli (85) at the conclusion of the first half of the New Orleans Saints-Atlanta Falcons game on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, in New Orleans.

  • Referee Ed Hochuli performs the pre-game coin toss for captains from the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers before the AFC Championship Game -- a 24-17 Patriots victory on Jan. 27, 2002, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. 16

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    Referee Ed Hochuli performs the pre-game coin toss for captains from the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers before the AFC Championship Game -- a 24-17 Patriots victory on Jan. 27, 2002, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

  • St. Louis Rams' Kim Herring (20), center, is congratulated by Nick Sorensen (41) after scoring a touchdown on a 59-yard fumble recovery in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, August 18, 2003, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Jerametrius Butler (23), Damione Lewis, far right, and Pisa Tinoisamoa, behind Herring, were on hand for his touchdown. 15

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    St. Louis Rams' Kim Herring (20), center, is congratulated by Nick Sorensen (41) after scoring a touchdown on a 59-yard fumble recovery in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, August 18, 2003, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Jerametrius Butler (23), Damione Lewis, far right, and Pisa Tinoisamoa, behind Herring, were on hand for his touchdown.

  • New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett (between 28 & 85)  has an animated discussion with officials Scott Helverson (73), Mark Hittner (28) and Ed Hochuli (85) after a taunting penalty was called on the Saints during the first half of their game with the Seattle Seahawks at the Superdome on Sept. 12, 2004, in New Orleans. 14

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    Scott Helverson, Mark Hittner, Ed Hochuli

    New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett (between 28 & 85) has an animated discussion with officials Scott Helverson (73), Mark Hittner (28) and Ed Hochuli (85) after a taunting penalty was called on the Saints during the first half of their game with the Seattle Seahawks at the Superdome on Sept. 12, 2004, in New Orleans.

  • Former United States President George Bush, second from left, flips the ceremonial coin as New Orleans Police Superintendant Eddie Campos, left, and referee Ed Hochuli (85) look on before the game between the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants on Monday, Sept. 19, 2005, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Although played in Giants Stadium, the game was a home game for the Saints that was relocated due to the damage from Hurricane Katrina. 13

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    Former United States President George Bush, second from left, flips the ceremonial coin as New Orleans Police Superintendant Eddie Campos, left, and referee Ed Hochuli (85) look on before the game between the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants on Monday, Sept. 19, 2005, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Although played in Giants Stadium, the game was a home game for the Saints that was relocated due to the damage from Hurricane Katrina.

  • NFL referee Ed Hochuli (85) of the Philadelphia Eagles gets a police escort off the field after the Eagles' game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field on October 29, 2006, in Philadelphia. The Jaguars defeated the Eagles, 13-6. 12

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    NFL referee Ed Hochuli (85) of the Philadelphia Eagles gets a police escort off the field after the Eagles' game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lincoln Financial Field on October 29, 2006, in Philadelphia. The Jaguars defeated the Eagles, 13-6.

  • Referee Ed Hochuli (85) signals a first down during the game between the Oakland Raiders against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2007, in Green Bay. The Packers defeated the Raiders, 38-7. 11

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    Referee Ed Hochuli (85) signals a first down during the game between the Oakland Raiders against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 9, 2007, in Green Bay. The Packers defeated the Raiders, 38-7.

  • Referee Ed Hochuli signals during action between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings at the Superdome on October 5, 2008, in New Orleans. The Vikings won, 30-27. 10

    G. Newman Lowrance/Associated Press

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    Referee Ed Hochuli signals during action between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings at the Superdome on October 5, 2008, in New Orleans. The Vikings won, 30-27.

  • Referee Ed Hochuli calls a penalty during the first quarter of an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in St. Louis. 9

    Tom Gannam/Associated Press

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    Referee Ed Hochuli calls a penalty during the first quarter of an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, in St. Louis.

  • In this Oct. 31, 2010, file photo, referee Ed Hochuli (85) greets Oakland Raiders fans before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Oakland. The NFL and referees' union reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, to end a three-month lockout that triggered a wave of frustration and anger over replacement officials and threatened to disrupt the rest of the season. 8

    Paul Sakuma/Associated Press

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    In this Oct. 31, 2010, file photo, referee Ed Hochuli (85) greets Oakland Raiders fans before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Oakland. The NFL and referees' union reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, to end a three-month lockout that triggered a wave of frustration and anger over replacement officials and threatened to disrupt the rest of the season.

  • NFL referee Ed Hochuli (85) talks to umpire Rich Hall (49) during the Washington Redskins' Week 11 football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, November 20, 2011, in Landover. The Cowboys won the game in overtime, 27-24. 7

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    NFL referee Ed Hochuli (85) talks to umpire Rich Hall (49) during the Washington Redskins' Week 11 football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, November 20, 2011, in Landover. The Cowboys won the game in overtime, 27-24.

  • Referee Ed Hochuli (85) with Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns team captains during the coin toss before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on November 18, 2012. 6

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    Referee Ed Hochuli (85) with Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns team captains during the coin toss before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on November 18, 2012.

  • NFL Referee Ed Hochuli (85) speaks with other officials before the NFL game between the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, December 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. 5

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    NFL Referee Ed Hochuli (85) speaks with other officials before the NFL game between the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, December 8, 2013, in Philadelphia.

  • NFL referee Ed Hochuli (85) stands on the field during an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, November 2, 2014, in Seattle. 4

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    NFL referee Ed Hochuli (85) stands on the field during an NFL football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, November 2, 2014, in Seattle.

  • Referee Ed Hochuli (85) in action during an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, November 8, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. The Eagles won in overtime, 33-27. 3

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    Referee Ed Hochuli (85) in action during an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, November 8, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. The Eagles won in overtime, 33-27.

  • Referee Ed Hochuli (85) is seen during an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Chicago. Tennessee won, 27-21. 2

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    Referee Ed Hochuli (85) is seen during an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Chicago. Tennessee won, 27-21.

  • NFL referee Ed Hochuli (85) reviews a play during the first half of an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. 1

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    NFL referee Ed Hochuli (85) reviews a play during the first half of an NFL football game between the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y.