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The NFL’s first black NFL umpire, Johnny Grier, has died at the age of 74

johnny grier, the first black umpire in NFL historydied at the age of 74.

Grier worked on NFL games from 1981 to 2004 and was a field judge in Super Bowl XXII. He became the first black umpire in league history in 1988.

Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, announced the news on Wednesday.

“Johnny Grier, the NFL’s first black referee and field judge for Super Bowl XXII, was a trailblazer who paved the way for those in the NFL office and beyond.” Vincent tweeted.

Grier, who started playing football while stationed in the Air Force in Louisiana, worked on high school and college games before making it to the NFL.

In 2006 referee Jerome Boger changed his number to 23 in tribute to Grier.

Johnny Grier, Dan Marino
Johnny Grier talks to Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino during the 1994 NFL playoffs.
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Johnny Grier and Brian Billick
Johnny Grier explains a call to Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick during a 2003 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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Jim Fassel and Johnny Grier
Giants head coach Jim Fassel complains to Johnny Grier during a game in 2003.
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https://nypost.com/2022/03/10/nfls-first-black-nfl-referee-johnny-grier-dead-at-74/ The NFL’s first black NFL umpire, Johnny Grier, has died at the age of 74

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