Ed Hochuli

NFL referee and fitness enthusiast.

Ed Hochuli’s key accomplishments include:

  • NFL official since 1990.
  • Became a crew chief in just his third year in the league.
  • Worked in the Big Sky Conference and Pac-10 conferences before being hired by the NFL.
  • As of the 2013 season, was assigned to 19 playoff games, including five conference championship games.
  • Referee for Super Bowls XXXII and XXXVIII.
  • Avid weightlifter and runner. Participated in 12 marathons.
  • Practicing attorney. Concentrates his practice on professional liability defense, products defense, retail defense and transportation defense.

More about Ed Hochuli:

A partner with Jones, Skelton & Hochuli since it was founded in 1983, he has tried more than 150 civil jury trials to verdict.

Hochuli is the subject of a website sponsored by Cafe Press that sells t-shirts, coffee mugs and other items emblazoned with, “What Would Ed Hochuli Do?” He wowed the spectators attending the NFL's first regular-season game outside the U.S. — the San Francisco-Arizona game Oct. 2, 2005, in Mexico City — when he announced a penalty in Spanish.

Hochuli appeared on the cover of the Oct. 8, 2012, issue of Sports Illustrated as the magazine reported on the end of the NFL’s lockout of its officials. He and his wife, Cathie, reside in San Diego.

Ed Hochuli appeared in a feature article in the September 2004 issue of Referee Magazine.

What people have said about Ed Hochuli:

“Hochuli says his being in shape has nothing to do with officiating. Cattle pucks. It has a ton to do with it. He and (former referees Jerry) Markbreit and (Jerry) Seeman have that It Factor that will let them make a mistake and get away with it when other guys can’t because of how they conduct themselves.”

— Mike Pereira

Fox sports football rules and officiating analyst and former NFL vice president of officiating


“Ed Hochuli is the mightiest, strongest, kindest, most fair, tannest, best-muscled referee in all of football. ... Ed Hochuli has six regenerative kidneys in case anyone needs a transplant. Ed Hochuli solved Fermat's last theorem. Ed Hochuli was born of Zeus’ thigh.”

— Café Press


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