Don Wedge

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Donald R. (Don) Wedge (August 13, 1929 - April 20, 2012[1]), a native of Carey, Ohio, was an NFL official for 24 years from 1972 to 1996. He worked as a back judge, side judge, and referee wearing uniform number 28. He officiated at side judge in Super Bowl XXII.[2] He also officiated in 18 other post season games including two Pro Bowls.

Wedge was born and raised in northwest Ohio. He graduated from Carey High School in 1947. He then graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1951[3] where he played fullback. Don set several records while playing full back at Ohio Wesleyan including 5 touchdowns in a single game and 15 touchdowns in a single season (1950). He was named All-Ohio College and Little All-American Fullback and was inducted into the OWU Hall of Fame. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Pro Am in 1993.

He officiated both football and basketball games at the college level from 1956 to 1976.[3] He worked the 1970 Rose Bowl game and Big Ten games as a back judge and referee prior to his NFL experience. His other college officiating included Mid Am, SEC, Metro, OVC and NCAA tournaments. He was also an NBA official for two years.[3]

In 1995, the Ohio Wesleyan Athletics Hall of Fame inducted Wedge.[3] He is a lifetime member of the OAFO, OABO, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, NFL Alumni, and the NFL Players Association. He is also a member of the Carey Ohio High School Hall of Fame.

Wedge is survived by his wife Ruth Ann, son Chris, and daughter Laura along with four grand children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Don Wedge". OAFO.org. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  2. ^ "Super Bowl Notebook; Humphries Expected to Start". The New York Times. 1988-01-30. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d "OWU Athletic Hall of Fame" (PDF). Ohio Wesleyan University. Retrieved 2010-08-17.