Glazer: NFL finds replacement for head of officiating

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Sunday will mark the final game of Mike Pereira's career as head of the NFL's officiating department. After a long and arduous search, his replacement has finally been tabbed.

Carl Johnson, a current line judge, has been hired by the league to replace Pereira, has learned. Pereira informed fellow league employees during a staff meeting Tuesday morning.

Johnson just completed his ninth season as a league official, and was the line judge at Super Bowl XLII in 2008 between the Giants and Patriots. He's also officiated four divisional playoff games, including this year’s Dallas-Minnesota game, two wild card playoff games, and one Pro Bowl. On the NFL's 2009 roster of officials, the league lists his current profession as a district sales manager.

A native of Thibodaux, Louisiana, Johnson played football at Thibodaux High School and baseball at Nicholls State. He became a head linesman and line judge in the Southland Conference in 1994. From 1996-2000, he officiated as a head linesman in the Big 12 Conference and worked the 1996 and 1997 Sugar Bowl games, the 1998 Rose Bowl, and the 1999 Big 12 championship game.
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