Tommy Bell (American football official)

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For the 20th-century American boxer, see Tommy Bell (boxer).

Tommy Bell was an American football official in the National Football League (NFL). When he joined the NFL as an official in 1962 from the Southeastern Conference, he was given the referee position, and stayed at that spot until his retirement in 1976. He officiated Super Bowl III in 1969 and Super Bowl VII in 1973.[1] He is also the only official in history to referee in both a Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four (1959).[1] He retired from the NFL following the 1976 AFC Championship Game between the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers,[2] played December 26, 1976, to conclude a fifteen-year career in the league.[3]

His successor as a referee, Jerry Markbreit, was the line judge on Bell's crew in 1976, Markbreit's rookie year in the NFL.


In addition to NFL officiating, Bell was an attorney in Lexington, Kentucky.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame". Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  2. ^ Labriola, Bob. "1976 AFC Championship Game". Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved 2007-10-07. 
  3. ^ "BECOME AN UMPIRE". Reader's Digest. December 1977. p. 224. Retrieved 2007-10-07.