1st Asian American among NFL's 10 new officials

by Ricardo Gutierrez - The NFL has hired 10 new on-field officials, including Lo van Pham, the first Asian American to officiate in the league, and Mike Morton, a former player.

1st Asian American among NFL's 10 new officials

First Asian American among NFL's 10 new on-field officials 1:18 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK -- The NFL has hired 10 new on-field officials, including the first Asian American to officiate in the league, and a former player. Lo van Pham joins the NFL from the Big 12 Conference. He was born in Vietnam and after a stop in the Philippines, moved to the United States when he was 7. Mike Morton becomes the third former NFL player on the 2022 roster of officials, joining Nate Jones and Terry Killens. Morton was drafted in the fourth round in 1995 by the Raiders and was a linebacker for them from 1995-98. He also played in St. Louis, Green Bay (2000) and Indianapolis during his seven-year NFL career. Editor's Picks The best, worst and most surprising of the NFL draft: Favorite picks and classes, rookie of the year predictions, more 15m Jordan Reid and Matt Miller 1 Related Robin DeLorenzo becomes the third woman on the NFL's roster of on-field game officials joining Sarah Thomas and Maia Chaka. She joins the NFL from the Big Ten Conference. Tra Boger, the son of longtime NFL referee Jerome Boger, joins the league as a field judge out of the SEC. They are the only current father-son combination on the roster. Down judge Max Causey, umpires Brandon Cruse, Duane Heydt and Alex Moore, field judge Alonzo Ramsey and side judge Jeff Shears round out the 10. The league previously announced the promotion of Tra Blake to referee. Blake replaced the retired Tony Corrente. The NFL also announced Tuesday that Denise Crudup and Artenzia Young-Seigler are the first Black female replay officials.