Football Officiating: Things You Should Know
Aug 19, 2020 12:00 PM
Byron Boston, Retired NFL Official
Football Officiating: Things You Should Know

Byron Boston recently retired from officiating in the NFL after twenty-five years of service. During his NFL career Boston officiated 25 play-off games, including Super Bowl XXXIV between St. Louis and Tennessee, Super Bowl XLVII between Baltimore and San Francisco, Super Bowl LII between New England and Philadelphia, as well as 10 Conference Championship games. He also worked the Pro Bowl in 2012. Since the merger in 1966 his 13 Super Bowl and Championship game assignments ties him for first place in NFL history for high level assignments. The jersey that Byron wore in his final game, the AFC Championship game between Kansas City and Tennessee, is displayed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Boston currently leads the Southland Conference in its successful football officiating consortium with the Big 12, which is entering its 14th year. The Mountain West Conference joined the consortium in 2010. He has been chairman of the NCAA’s Recruiting Committee for over 10 years. His work on that committee has contributed to a leveling of the playing field for minority NCAA officials at all levels.

Boston began his Division I collegiate officiating career in the Southland Conference and entered the Southwest Conference in 1990. Prior to that Boston was a high school official in the Dallas and Houston areas. He has also been an instructor in various college and high school officiating clinics including those conducted by the Big 12 and Southland conferences.

Introduction will be by Garrett Altier