NFL announces Johnson as new VP of Officiating

The NFL announced Tuesday that Carl Johnson is the league’s new Vice President of Officiating.

Johnson succeeds Mike Pereira, who last year announced his intention to retire following the 2009 season. Johnson will transition with Pereira, who is scheduled to leave the NFL at the end of April.

Johnson is one of the NFL’s highest-rated officials and has worked eight playoff games since joining the league in 2001. He has been an NFL line judge since 2001.

Johnson officiated in Super Bowl XLII (Giants-Patriots); four divisional playoff games, including this year’s Dallas-Minnesota game; two wild-card playoff games and one Pro Bowl. Pereira was an NFL side judge when he joined the officiating department as a supervisor in 1998 and then replaced Jerry Seeman as the head of NFL officiating in 2001.

“Carl Johnson is highly respected both by his on-field and off-field officiating colleagues for his stellar body of work and his integrity,” NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson said. “His teamwork-first philosophy and his excellent communication skills will provide terrific leadership to our officiating department.”

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