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]

The promotion of Shawn Hochuli to referee has been widely criticized by those around the league as a direct example of nepotism in the modern era of the NFL as Shawn had far less experience than many other senior officials.[2] Outside of officiating, Hochuli is a wealth management advisor.

Hochuli played college football at Pitzer College.[3] He worked his first NFL season in 2014 as a side judge.[4] He has also worked as an official in the Pac-12 Conference,[5] Arena Football League,[6] and arenafootball2 games.[7] 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 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.

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  1. ^ Brinson, Will. "Ed Hochuli, Jeff Triplette retiring as NFL refs, replaced by Alex Kemp, Shawn Hochuli". CBS Sports. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  2. ^ Weaver, Tim (21 December 2021). "Seahawks fans, observers call out questionable officiating in loss to Rams". Retrieved 14 February 2022.
  3. ^ "Beating Their Own Drum". Pomona College Magazine (Pitzer College). 1999. Archived from the original on June 24, 2002. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
  4. ^ Hansen, Greg (2005-09-06). "Football for Aztecs has fallen into ruins". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2007-10-16.
  5. ^ Tramel, Berry. "Oklahoma State football: Beware on Sunday, NFL to hire Shawn Hochuli".
  6. ^ "Orlando Predators vs PHILADELPHIA SOUL (Mar 01, 2008)". Arena Football League. 2008-03-01. Archived from the original on September 6, 2009. Retrieved 2008-05-19.
  7. ^ "Arena2 Football League". Referee. June 2007.
  8. ^ "Officiating crews for the 2022 season | Football Zebras". 2022-06-08. Retrieved 2022-07-01.