From Cuba to NFL’s first Hispanic referee

Alberto Riveron moved to the United States from Cuba with his mother when he was five years old. He grew up in South Florida and started playing football — American football.

Eleven years later, reports John Branch of the New York Times, Riveron was in his first clinic for youth football officials. This year, Riveron became the first Hispanic referee to work a game in the National Football League.

“The N.F.L. hired Riveron as a side judge in 2004,” writes Branch. “He worked under the referee Ed Hochuli for two seasons, then under Gerald Austin, whose retirement opened a spot for Riveron last spring.” More

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