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NFL officials with combined 60 years of experience retire

WASHINGTON — Three NFL officials with a combined 60 years of experience have retired.

Head linesman John McGrath, line judge Tony Veteri, Jr., and field judge Bob Waggoner are leaving the league. They will be honoured next month at the NFL Referees Association's annual meeting.

McGrath leaves the field after 15 NFL seasons, working one Super Bowl and 11 playoff matches. Veteri spent 25 NFL seasons as an official, worked one Super Bowl, a Pro Bowl and 17 playoff games. Waggoner was a 20-year NFL official who worked two Super Bowls.

"These men have had extensive and impressive careers in NFL officiating," said Scott Green, NFLRA's executive director. "We have been fortunate to have them as colleagues and friends. They will be missed on the field, but will always be a part of our fraternity."

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