A Couple Of Iconic NFL Referees Are Retiring

Oct 23 2017 Philadelphia PA USA Referee Ed Hochuli calls a penalty on the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Known for his long-winded explanations and exposed biceps, Hochuli, 67, will serve as an independent consultant to the league. He had been the league's longest-tenured referee.

It was a chance for the 67-year-old referee to show off biceps that had to make some National Football League players jealous, even if he had to squeeze into a shirt two sizes too small to do it.

Hochuli gained a cult following thanks to his penchant for physical fitness and sculpted physique.

However, the news of Hochuli's retirement seemed to bring out a more sentimental side from people. Triplette was also criticized for his performance in the 2018 AFC playoffs when Tennessee Titans beat the Kansas City Chiefs on January 6 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. While he has had some high-profile blunders in his career, he has, for the most part, been a reliable referee who has always made clearly explaining his rulings a priority.

Ed Hochuli - everyone's favorite yoked-up NFL referee in tight clothing - is retiring from the league, according to NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron on Twitter. Best wishes to our 2 retiring referees, Ed Hochuli & Jeff Triplette.

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