Jerome Boger

Jerome Boger is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2004 NFL season. He started in the league as a line judge and was promoted to referee in 2006 after two seasons. Along with Gene Steratore, he is one of two new referees for 2006, replacing retired officials Bernie Kukar and Tom White. Boger became the third African-American referee in the NFL after Johnny Grier and Mike Carey. He wore the uniform number 109 for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, but changed to number 23 in 2006.

Boger played quarterback at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and was a four year starter. Realizing that he did not have the football skills to make it on a professional level, he decided to get into officiating, allowing him to stay close to the game. He started working high school and recreational league games before moving up to small colleges. He spent 11 years in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and five seasons in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference from 1996 to 2000.

Boger has also served as a referee in Conference USA, Arena Football League, and NFL Europe.

Jerome has a son that plays defensive back in the NFL, Tra. Tra is currently a free agent after being released from the Green Bay Packers on September 2, 2006. He had signed as an undrafted free agent with the team on May 5, 2006.

Boger resides in Conyers, Georgia. Outside of his NFL officiating duties, he is an underwriter for Allstate Insurance in Atlanta.

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