NFL referee Ed Hochuli and his muscles are retiring
The NFL will have a little less muscle to flex next season.
Longtime referee Ed Hochuli and his biceps are retiring, the league announced today. Hochuli will join Jeff Triplette on the retirement trail.
Hochuli has been with the league since 1990 and in 2007 became the league's longest-tenured ref.
His verbose penalty explanations and tight shirts likely will be remembered long after anyone can think about his refereeing contributions.
Triplette has been in the league since 1996. You might remember Triplette as being the perpetrator of temporary blindness in late lineman Orlando Brown after Triplette threw a flag that hit Brown .
Shawn Hochuli, Ed's son, and Alex Kemp will become referees.
With no offense to Triplette, Hochuli's absence will be mourned in football fan circles.
Ed Hochuli is retiring from NFL officiating, no word yet on if he's retiring from the preacher curls. pic.twitter.com/JyLRnBUr3g— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 6, 2018
If there is a god, Ed Hochuli has already been hired by a network as their officiating analyst.— Judy Battista (@judybattista) March 6, 2018
Ed Hochuli is retiring? Aw, man. Well, hopefully a TV network hires him. His long explanations will fill time perfectly while we sit through a 5-minute 'Is it a catch?' review.— Big Head Big Heart (@BigHeadBullshit) March 6, 2018
Ed Hochuli is retiring.This is the closest we've come to having gun control in America. pic.twitter.com/EukEPJhI1w— eric riley (@ericrileyy) March 6, 2018
Happy Retirement to the gun show Ed Hochuli ❕ pic.twitter.com/9odlfqPVZ0— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) March 6, 2018