Carl Cheffers Biography
Carl Cheffers is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2000 NFL season. Further, he adorns uniform number 51.
Carl Cheffers Age
Cheffers was born on July 22, 1960, in Whittier, California, United States. He is 62 years old as of 2022.
Carl Cheffers Height
Cheffers stands at an approximate height of 5 feet and 7 inches.
Carl Cheffers Parents and Siblings
Cheffers was born to his parents in Whittier, California. Both his parents served as teachers. Additionally, his father, Jim served as a high school teacher, coach, and official. Further, he stopped coaching after taking an administrative post with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Following this, he started officiating.
Moreover, he climbed the ladder through hard work and spent 13 years as a football official of the Pacific-10 Conference (then dubbed Pac-10). After reaching Pac-8’s mandatory retirement age of 55, he served by assigning officials. Unfortunately, he lost his dad in 1999 due to cancer while he was on his way to NFL Europe to serve as a side judge. Further, Cheffers has a sister.
Carl Cheffers Wife
Cheffers exchanged vows with his wife, Nannette in 1986. As of 2022, they celebrated their 36th anniversary. They met in college when she served in the recreation department and scheduled the intramural sports. Further, they have a son, Ben, and a daughter, Melissa.
Carl Cheffers Kids
Cheffers has a son, Ben, and a daughter, Melissa with his wife. Ben was born in 1988 and is 34 years old as of 2022. Moreover, he serves football in the Big Sky Conference.
Carl Cheffers Net Worth
Cheffers has an approximate net worth of $5 million through his successful career as an official.
Carl Cheffers Salary
Cheffers receives an annual salary spanning $205,000 throughout his career as an official.
Carl Cheffers Education
Cheffers finished his high school studies and attended the University of California-Irvine. During his college stint, he finished his studies, became a graduate, and thus attained his degree. Further, he served as a competitor in intramural sports. Moreover, he served as a high school athlete.
Carl Cheffers Career
Cheffers is officially in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2000 NFL season. Further, he adorns uniform number 51. Through his father, he developed an interest in officiating and started intramural sports to make more income. After enjoying the experience, he requested his dad’s aid in officiating high school football games to begin a career. Beginning in 1980, he served in a number of high school playoff games and two high school championship games. By 1995, he started officiating in the Pac-10 where he served for five seasons prior to his employment by the NFL.
During this time, he served in the Western Athletic Conference. Since joining the NFL, he has served as a side judge on the crew headed by referee Larry Nemmers. Accompanying the 2008 NFL season was a promotion to referee (crew chief) for him due to Nemmers’ and referee Gerald Austin’s retirement. In 2010, he served as a referee of a game between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans. During the game, there was a convoluted play on a Texans’ kickoff return in the 4th quarter that caused several offsetting penalties.
For Super Bowl XLIX, he attained a selection to serve as the alternate referee in 2015. In December 2015, he served as a referee of the game between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, which resulted in the “Miracle in Motown” play. On February 5th, 2017, he refereed Super Bowl LI in Houston, between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. This served as the initial (and remains the only) Super Bowl to be decided in an overtime period. New England secured the game 34–28. Before that, he refereed the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs.
Additionally, he received criticism from players for calling a holding penalty on Chiefs offensive tackle, Eric Fisher during a vital two-point conversion trial, which resulted in the Steelers winning 18–16. Also, he refereed Super Bowl LV thus making it his second Super Bowl assignment as a referee.
Carl Cheffers Super Bowl LVII(2023)
On Sunday, February 12, 2023, Cheffers will serve Super Bowl LVII as the lead referee. Additionally, Kevin Harlan will serve as the play-by-play alongside Mike Golic and Laura Okmin as the sideline reporters and Kurt Warner as an analyst on the radio in the U.S. for Westwood One. Further, Mike Pereira will serve as the rule analyst for Super Bowl LVII where the kickoff time is 4:30 p.m. MST (UTC-7) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Further, Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi will serve as the sideline reporters. This will serve as the initial time Super Bowl assignment for Fox’s broadcast team of Greg Olsen and Kevin Burkhardt after Joe Buck and Troy Aikman departed for ABC/ESPN and Monday Night Football. Additionally, it serves as the final game to be covered under the current NFL television contract.
Carl Cheffers Chiefs
After being responsible for the Chiefs’ 17 percent total penalties and 20 percent of their penalty yards this season (postseason included) despite only working two of their games, the Kansas Chiefs fans dislike him and are convinced that he has a personal vendetta against the Chiefs and them. Fans are worried that his calls will jeopardize the Chiefs’ shot at winning the upcoming Super Bowl seeing as Cheffers will serve as the lead referee.
Carl Cheffers Twitter
Cheffers is not active on social media and lacks a Twitter account.