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John Hussey (American football official)

John Hussey is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL), who works as a referee. He was hired in the 2002 NFL season as a line judge. Hussey wears uniform number 35.

John Hussey
Nationality United States
OccupationNFL official (2002–present)

Hussey officiated in Super Bowl XLV in 2011, the 2011 NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants and the 2013 AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos, all as a line judge.[1]

Hussey was promoted to the referee position for the start of the 2015 NFL season following the retirement of referee Bill Leavy.[2][3]

His first NFL career game as referee in 2015 was on September 13 in Tampa Bay where he officiated the Tennessee Titans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[4]

Hussey was the referee in the Detroit Lions' 18-16 surprise victory over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI on November 15, 2015, their first in the state of Wisconsin since 1991.[5]

Hussey's 2019 NFL officiating crew consists of umpire Alan Eck, down judge Kevin Codey, line judge Carl Johnson, field judge Allen Baynes, side judge Jabir Walker, back judge Brad Freeman, replay official Terri Valenti, and replay assistant Jamie Nicholson.[6]

Outside the NFL, Hussey is a sales representative for a retail logistics group.


  1. ^ "3 officials audition for referee position". 7 August 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  2. ^ "R Bill Leavy retires after 20 seasons". 13 May 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  3. ^ "LJ John Hussey moves to the referee position". 13 May 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Week 1 referee assignments". 9 September 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers - November 15th, 2015". Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  6. ^ Filipe, Cameron (2019-06-12). "Officiating crews for the 2019 season". Football Zebras. Retrieved 2019-06-19.