Iconic NFL referee Hochuli retires, replaced by son

Ed Hochuli's days as an NFL referee are over, but the Hochuli name will live on in the league.

The 67-year-old Hochuli is retiring after working as an NFL official since 1990, but his son Shawn Hochuli has been promoted from his job as a back judge to replace him.

Ed Hochuli joins Jeff Triplette, whose retirement was confirmed earlier this year, as outgoing referees. The NFL elevated side judge Alex Kemp to fill Triplette's position.

Hochuli will continue to work with the NFL as an independent consultant to the league.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: NFL referee Ed Hochuli talks into his headset before he makes a call on the field during the NFC Championship Game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles on January 21, 2018 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 38-7. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Referee Ed Hochuli #85 at NRG Stadium on November 19, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 23: Referee Ed Hochuli (85) points to the fans during a NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles on October 23, 2017 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. Eagles won 34-24.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13: Referee Ed Hochuli #85 calls a foul in the game between the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles on December 13, 2015 at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Referee Ed Hochuli #85 walks onto the field before the AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 06: Referee Ed Hochuli #85 gestures during the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 24: Referee Ed Hochuli looks on in the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
November 23, 2014: NFL official Ed Hochuli during a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins argues a call with referee Ed Hochuli #85 in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at FedExField on September 22, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett questions a call with referee Ed Hochuli in the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 29, 2013 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Cowboys 30-21. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 08: Referee Ed Hochuli #85 jokes on the field during the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Wearing his famed number 85, the elder Hochuli earned a reputation among fans for his in-depth descriptions of penalty calls, as well as his impressive physique. He began his career as a back judge before being promoted to referee in 1992.

Hochuli, who worked two Super Bowls in his career, was the league's second-longest tenured official last season behind Walt Coleman, who began his NFL career in 1989.

Shawn Hochuli started working for the NFL in 2014 after working as a Pac-12 Conference official.

--Field Level Media

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