Longtime NFL replay official Carl Madsen dies at 71


Longtime NFL replay official Carl Madsen died Sunday after working the Kansas City ChiefsTennessee Titans game, the league announced Monday. He was 71.

Madsen began his career as an on-field official before moving to the replay booth in 2009.

In a statement, NFL senior vice president Walt Anderson called Madsen a “terrific friend and colleague.”

Anderson added: “Carl’s love of football and dedication to officiating was ever-present, as he generously shared his time to mentor young officials at clinics across the country. A veteran of the Air Force, Carl had a tremendous spirit and will be greatly missed.”

Scott Green, the executive director of the NFL Referees Association, said: “Carl will be missed by those who worked with him on the field and in replay. He had a nickname among his fellow officials of ‘Big Country,’ which was not only related to his size but to his big personality as a warm and generous man.”

Madsen spent the first seven weeks of this season working on referee Brad Allen’s crew.



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