NFL Referee Gene Steratore Retires, Reportedly Will Join CBS as Rules Analyst

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Referee Gene Steratore #114 makes a call during the second quarter of  Super Bowl LII between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Longtime NFL referee Gene Steratore is retiring, according to senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron, and reportedly plans to join CBS as the network's new rules analyst.

Cameron Filipe of Football Zebras reported the news Friday. 

Steratore spent the last 15 seasons as an official after joining the league in 2003 as a field judge. He was promoted to referee in 2006 and worked 12 playoff games, including the Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. 

Mike Carey served as the rules analyst for CBS during the 2015 season, but the network opted not to retain him following a turbulent trial run. 

Steratore is the third NFL official to retire this offseason in pursuit of a broadcasting job. 

Filipe reported Wednesday that Jeff Triplette will join ESPN as its new rules analyst for Monday Night Football, while Terry McAulay is expected to join NBC in the same capacity for its Sunday Night Football broadcasts, according to ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Referee Ed Hochuli, who had been with the NFL since 1990, also retired earlier this year and will now serve as a consultant with the league office.