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Brad Allen is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2014 NFL season, wearing uniform number 122.

Brad Allen
Nationality United States
OccupationNFL official (2014–present)

A native of Lumberton, North Carolina (and a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, formerly Pembroke State University), Allen began officiating football games at the high school, and later, ACC, levels. When he made his NFL officiating debut in 2014, he was originally going to be an umpire, but when long-time referee Mike Carey announced his retirement on June 24, 2014, Allen was given the referee position instead; this was the first time since 1962 that an NFL official in his first year of officiating was given that honor (Tommy Bell was the last NFL official to do so).[1]

Allen's 2019 NFL officiating crew consists of umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Jim Mello, line judge Brian Bolinger, field judge Steve Zimmer, side judge Jimmy Russell, back judge Greg Yette, replay official Jimmy Oldham, and replay assistant Yvonda Lewis.[2]

He called the 2007 Motor City Bowl, the 2009 International Bowl, the 2012 Rose Bowls and the 2014 Sugar Bowl.

Outside of officiating NFL games, Allen is executive director of the N.C. Senior Games, and the CEO of a non-profit.[3] He also serves as clinic leader and booking supervisor for the Southern Officials Association.[4]


  1. ^ Long road leads Lumberton's Brad Allen to referee
  2. ^ Filipe, Cameron (2019-06-12). "Officiating crews for the 2019 season". Football Zebras. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  3. ^ 2014 NFL Record & Fact Book
  4. ^ "UNCP alumnus Brad Allen shares his experiences as NFL referee before a record crowd at annual Cash Bash fundraiser". Retrieved 2017-02-21.