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Muscular Ed Hochuli, Jeff Triplette retire as NFL referees

By Associated Press
Ed Hochuli greets Oakland Raiders fans before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 in Oakland, Calif. [AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File]

NEW YORK ó NFL referees Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette are retiring.

One of the replacements will be former back judge Shawn Hochuli, Edís son. The other is former side judge Alex Kemp.

Ed Hochuli, among the most recognizable of NFL officials because of his muscular build, joined the league in 1990. Triplette came aboard in 1996.

Hochuli, a lawyer by trade, originally was a back judge and moved up to referee in 1992. He worked two Super Bowls.

Triplette, a restructuring consultant, became a ref in 1999.

The two new referees each joined the NFL in 2014.