Chad Brown (American football official)

Chad Brown (American football official)
Chad Brown
Education Texas A&M University-Commerce
Occupation American football official (NFL)
Spouse Deborah
Children Trent and Devin (twins)

Chad Brown is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 1992 NFL season. Brown serves as an umpire and has officiated in two Super Bowls (Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, and Super Bowl XLV in 2011)[1][2] and served as an alternate (standby) official for Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999. His uniform number is 31.

Prior to his career as an NFL game official, Brown played football and was a Kodak All-American at East Texas State (now Texas A&M University-Commerce), then went on to play five years in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Houston Oilers, and the New Orleans Saints.

Outside of the NFL, Brown has worked on the University of California, Los Angeles, campus since 1988 in the Department of Cultural and Recreational Affairs and as an Executive Officer to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.

Brown married Deborah, a municipal transportation manager, in 1986. The two have twin sons, Trent and Devin and live in Carson, California.

Brown is on the 2011 NFL officiating crew headed by referee Mike Carey. Previously, he was on the crew headed by referee Ed Hochuli, whom he worked with during the 1998 and 1999 seasons, as well as from around 2006 to 2010. Brown began his career in the NFL assigned to the crew led by legendary referee Jerry Markbreit, and has worked on the crews of referees Larry Nemmers, Ron Blum, Pete Morelli, and Bill Vinovich, the latter three California residents like Brown.


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