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

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

Early life

Torbert graduated from Michigan State University[1] and attended Harvard Law School earning a Juris doctor.[2] He graduated from South High School in Youngstown, Ohio.[3]


Torbert began his NFL officiating career in 2010 as a side judge before becoming a referee in the 2014 NFL season after Scott Green and Ron Winter announced they were retiring. Torbert is one of only eight African-American referees in NFL history, after Johnny Grier, Mike Carey, Jerome Boger, and Don Carey; he preceded Shawn Smith, Adrian Hill, and Tra Blake.

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

On January 25, 2022, Torbert was named the referee for Super Bowl LVI.[4][5]

2023 crew

Personal life

Outside of his NFL officiating job, Torbert is an attorney.[7]


  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. ^ "Ron visits old high school". WKBN. May 10, 2024.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Alper, Josh (January 25, 2022). "Ron Torbert named Super Bowl LVI referee". NBC Sports. Retrieved February 17, 2024.
  6. ^ Austro, Ben (June 27, 2023). "Officiating crews for the 2023 season". Football Zebras. Retrieved August 9, 2023.
  7. ^ Walker, Childs (February 10, 2022). "Hanover resident Ron Torbert to referee Super Bowl 56 in 'highlight' of 33-year officiating career". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved February 17, 2024.