Shawn Hochuli
Born (1978-06-25) June 25, 1978 (age 45)
OccupationNFL American football official (2014–present)
ParentEd Hochuli

Shawn Hochuli (/ˈhɒkjʊli/ HOCK-yuu-lee; born June 25, 1978) is a National Football League (NFL) official. He wears jersey #83. He entered the league in the 2014 NFL season and was promoted for 2018 from back judge to referee, following the retirement of his father, longtime referee Ed Hochuli and another veteran official, Jeff Triplette.[1]

Hochuli played college football at Pitzer College.[2] He worked his first NFL season in 2014 as a side judge.[3] He has also worked as an official in the Pac-12 Conference,[4] Arena Football League,[5] and arenafootball2 games.[6] On August 13, 2011, he was head referee for ArenaBowl XXIV between the Jacksonville Sharks and Arizona Rattlers. He also worked as head referee for a 2017 pre-season game. During the 2022 NFC Divisional playoff game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams, he gave Tom Brady the first unsportsmanlike conduct penalty of Brady's career.[7]


  1. ^ Brinson, Will (March 6, 2018). "Ed Hochuli, Jeff Triplette retiring as NFL refs, replaced by Alex Kemp, Shawn Hochuli". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Beating Their Own Drum". Pomona College Magazine (Pitzer College). 1999. Archived from the original on June 24, 2002. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Hansen, Greg (September 6, 2005). "Football for Aztecs has fallen into ruins". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2007.
  4. ^ Tramel, Berry. "Oklahoma State football: Beware on Sunday, NFL to hire Shawn Hochuli".
  5. ^ "Orlando Predators vs PHILADELPHIA SOUL (Mar 01, 2008)". Arena Football League. March 1, 2008. Archived from the original on September 6, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2008.
  6. ^ "Arena2 Football League". Referee. June 2007.
  7. ^ Shook, Nick (January 23, 2022). "Official explains unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Tom Brady: 'He got in my face ... and used abusive language'". Retrieved January 2, 2024.