Clete Blakeman
Clete Blakeman at Super Bowl 50
Born
Cletus W. Blakeman

(1964-06-23) June 23, 1964 (age 57)
NationalityAmerican
EducationUniversity of Nebraska
OccupationNFL official, attorney

Cletus W. Blakeman (born June 23, 1964)[1] is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Outside of his work as an NFL official, he is a partner in the law firm of Carlson & Burnett in Omaha, Nebraska.[2] His uniform number is 34.

Blakeman began his American football officiating career in the Big 12 Conference, moving to the NFL in 2008 as a field judge for the first two seasons of his pro football officiating career, and subsequently refereeing for the 2010 NFL season, after Don Carey returned to the back judge position.[3]

Selected in 2013 as the alternate referee for Super Bowl XLVIII, Blakeman officiated Super Bowl 50 in 2016.[4]

College football career

Blakeman attended the University of Nebraska from 1984 to 1987, serving primarily as a backup quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, including the 1986 and 1987 seasons behind starter Steve Taylor.[5][6]

During Nebraska's game against the unranked Colorado Buffaloes on October 25, 1986, head coach Tom Osborne replaced Taylor with Blakeman in the fourth quarter. Colorado still limited Blakeman to 4 out of 6 completions for 37 yards, and held on to upset the Huskers, 20–10, their first win over Nebraska since 1967 and the Buffaloes' first win over Nebraska at home since 1960.[7]

Blakeman played in the 1987 Sugar Bowl, a 30-15 victory over Southeastern Conference champion LSU.

On October 3, 1987, South Carolina was leading Nebraska, 21–13, when Taylor left the game after injuring his shoulder on the last play of the 3rd quarter. In relief, Blakeman completed his only pass for 8 yards.[8] But aided by a strong running game, and Nebraska's Blackshirts defense that forced two turnovers and allowed only 9 yards in the 4th quarter, the Huskers rallied around Blakeman to score 17 unanswered points to win, 30–21.[9]

Blakeman also started two games in place of an injured Taylor, both of which were victories over the Kansas Jayhawks. On November 15, 1986, he threw three touchdown passes and ran for another as he led Nebraska to a 70–0 rout, the worst defeat in Jayhawk history and the biggest shutout by Nebraska up to that point.[10] And on October 10, 1987, Blakeman completed 10-of-12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in Nebraska's 54–2 victory over Kansas.[11]

Statistics

Passing[12] Rushing
YEAR CMP ATT CMP% YDS TD INT ATT YDS AVG TD
1984 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A 8 17 2.1 1
1985 3 5 60.0 22 0 0 15 65 4.3 0
1986 19 37 51.4 242 4 2 26 110 4.2 4
1987 23 37 62.2 361 3 2 27 90 3.3 2
Totals 45 79 57.0 625 7 4 76 282 3.7 7

Officiating career

Blakeman was hired by the NFL for the 2008 season. He served as field judge the crew led by referee Bill Leavy from 2008-2009. Blakeman received a postseason assignment in a 2009 AFC Wild Card game. He was then promoted to referee for the 2010 season.

Since becoming a referee, Blakeman has been assigned to nine postseason games, which include three conference championship games and Super Bowl 50.[13]

2021 Crew

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References

  1. ^ "Cletus W. Blakeman". MoreLaw. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  2. ^ "Clete Blakeman". Carlson & Burnett. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Ex-Husker QB promoted to referee after two years in NFL
  4. ^ Austro, Ben (January 20, 2016). "Clete Blakeman is referee for Super Bowl 50". Football Zebras. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Big Red Network (May 11, 2008). "NFL: Former Husker Clete Blakeman Will Officiate". Bleacher Report. Retrieved January 31, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  6. ^ Big Red Network (January 21, 2016). "Ex-Husker's season grade lands him the referee's job for the Super Bowl". Omaha.com. Retrieved January 31, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Colorado 20, Nebraska 10". HuskerMax.com. 1986. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  8. ^ "Nebraska 30, South Carolina 21". HuskerMax.com. 1987. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Close Call Wakes Up Nebraska : Cornhuskers Win With Fourth-Quarter Rally, 30-21". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. October 4, 1987. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "Nebraska 70, Kansas 0". HuskerMax.com. 1986. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  11. ^ "Nebraska 54, Kansas 2". HuskerMax.com. 1987. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  12. ^ "Clete Blakeman". Sports Reference. Retrieved February 7, 2016.
  13. ^ http://www.nfl.com/liveupdate/gamecenter/56834/DEN_Gamebook.pdf
  14. ^ "Officiating crews for the 2021 season | Football Zebras". June 7, 2021. Retrieved January 16, 2022.