First Asian American among 10 new NFL officials on the field



NEW YORK — The NFL has hired 10 new field officials, including the first Asian American to officiate in the league, and a former player.

Lo van Pham joined the NFL after the Big 12 conference. He was born in Vietnam and after a stopover in the Philippines, moved to the United States when he was 7 years old.

Mike Morton becomes the third former NFL player on the 2022 roster, 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 1995-1998. He also played in St. Louis, Green Bay (2000) and Indianapolis during his seven-year NFL career .

Robin DeLorenzo becomes the third woman on the NFL‘s roster of on-field playing officials, joining Sarah Thomas and Maia Chaka. DeLorenzo is from the Big Ten Conference.

Tra Boger, the son of longtime NFL umpire Jerome Boger, joins the league as an SEC field judge. They are the only current father-son combination on the roster.

Judge Down Max Causey, referees Brandon Cruse, Duane Heydt and Alex Moore, court judge Alonzo Ramsey and side judge Jeff Shears complete the 10.

The league previously announced Tra Blake’s promotion to referee. Blake replaced retired Tony Corrente.

The NFL also announced Tuesday that Denise Crudup and Artenzia Young-Seigler are the first official black women to play again.