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BALTIMORE, MD March 18, 2014

There are certain career paths for former NFL players wanting to stay in the game, and one occupation that is taking off is officiating.

To accommodate this growing trend, the second annual Football Officiating Academy (FOA) Fast Track Clinic was held in Baltimore over the weekend, featuring one current player and 14 NFL legends being hosted by fellow former players who completed last year’s inaugural clinic and are now officiating at various levels of football.

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-- Steve Freeman and Phil McKinnely --

The recent labor dispute between the NFL Referees Association and NFL clubs has been resolved in time for the regular crews to return for the fourth weekend of play. Two retired NFL players – former Bills and Vikings safety STEVE FREEMAN (1975-1987) and ex-Falcons, Rams and Bears tackle PHIL MC KINNELY (1976-1982) – are among the 121 officials who will be working under the new eight-year contract.

Freeman is a Texas native who attended Mississippi State. He played on same defensive unit at Bills with JIM HASLETT, FRED SMERLAS, and DARRYL TALLEY. McKinnely was born in California and played his collegiate ball at UCLA. During his five years with the Falcons, his line mates included Pro Bowlers JEFF VAN NOTE and MIKE KENN.
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-- Steve Freeman and Phil McKinnely --

The recent labor dispute between the NFL Referees Association and NFL clubs has been resolved in time for the regular crews to return for the fourth weekend of play. Two retired NFL players – former Bills and Vikings safety STEVE FREEMAN (1975-1987) and ex-Falcons, Rams and Bears tackle PHIL MC KINNELY (1976-1982) – are among the 121 officials who will be working under the new eight-year contract.

Freeman is a Texas native who attended Mississippi State. He played on same defensive unit at Bills with JIM HASLETT, FRED SMERLAS, and DARRYL TALLEY. McKinnely was born in California and played his collegiate ball at UCLA. During his five years with the Falcons, his line mates included Pro Bowlers JEFF VAN NOTE and MIKE KENN.
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