Ronald Torbert
Ronald Torbert (January 2021)
EducationMichigan State University Harvard Law School
OccupationNFL official (2010–present)

Ronald Torbert is an American football official currently working for the National Football League (NFL), and has been since the 2010 NFL season. He wears uniform number 62.

Early life

Torbert graduated from Michigan State University[1] and Harvard Law School.[2]


Torbert began his NFL officiating career in 2010 as a side judge, then became a referee for the 2014 NFL season after Scott Green and Ron Winter announced their retirements. Torbert is one of only seven African-American referees in NFL history, after Johnny Grier, Mike Carey, Jerome Boger and Don Carey, and preceding Shawn Smith and Adrian Hill.

Ron was the alternate referee for Super Bowl LIII. He is also featured in the NFL 100 year anniversary video that aired during the same Super Bowl.

On January 25, 2022, the NFL named him as the referee for Super Bowl LVI.[3][4]

Personal life

Outside of his NFL officiating job, Torbert is an attorney, as is his fellow referee Clete Blakeman.

2021 Crew


  1. ^ 2014 NFL Record & Fact Book
  2. ^ "How this Barton Malow executive balances work with 2nd life as an NFL referee". Crain's Detroit Business. March 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Siciliano, Andrew [@AndrewSiciliano] (January 25, 2022). "NFL announces Ron Torbert will be the referee for Super Bowl LVI" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 29, 2022. Retrieved February 14, 2022 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Alper, Josh (January 25, 2022). "Ron Torbert named Super Bowl LVI referee".