Larry Nemmers

Note: Larry Nemmers retired following the 2007 season and has taken over for Dean Blandino as the NFL’s replay director.

Larry Nemmers is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 1985 NFL season. Nemmers began his officiating in the NFL as a side judge and was promoted to referee for the start of the 1991 NFL season. Nemmers wears the uniform number 20.

Nemmers is a native of Waterloo, Iowa and a 1960 graduate of Columbus High School in Waterloo. He later attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, graduating in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Nemmers also has master’s degrees in physics and chemistry, which he received at East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas and in educational administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

Nemmers’ career in education began in 1965 and retired in 1994. During his time as an educator, he served as a teacher, textbook publisher, assistant principal, and principal. Since his retirement from education, Nemmers has traveled across the country as a motivational speaker.

As an educator, Nemmers also began his career in officiating. He officiated both high school football and basketball for 18 years and was selected to officiate in four state final championships. Nemmers also served as the Illinois High School rules interpreter for 15 years.

Nemmers moved up to college officiating in 1975 and worked in the Big Ten Conference for nine years, working both football and basketball games. During his college football officiating career, Nemmers officiated in the 1984 Rose Bowl.

Nemmers was selected to join the NFL in 1985 and was assigned Super Bowl XXV in 1991 as a side judge and was an alternate (standby) referee for Super Bowl XXXV in 2001.

He and his wife, Sherry, reside in Springfield, Missouri. They have three sons, Shane, Lance, and Brett, and three grandchildren.



  1. I’d like to conduct an interview with Mr. Nemmers.
    Could I please get contact information?

  2. robert juby says

    hello hope all is well with you think about you all the time, you made a difference in my life


  3. samantha stevens mothershead says

    Larry Nemmers was my high school principal in Elgin Illinois. He handed me my diploma on 6-3-1994 and I will never forget him.
    He was an awesome man and so much fun! He used to wear his Super Bowl ring all the time to show us.
    Miss him lots! Glad to see he’s still in the NFL.

  4. Was principal at EHS when I graduated in 1984.
    He was an easy going guy. Cant say as much for his deans and deans assistants but hey….

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  7. Mr. Nemmers was the principal at Elgin High when I was there in 1983. I followed his career for a while it is nice to see this article so eloquently written he was always a fair and impartial man. Proud to say I know him!

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