|Occupation||NFL official (2014–Present)|
A native of Lumberton, North Carolina (and a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, formerly Pembroke State University), Allen began officiating football games at the high school, and later, ACC, levels. When he made his NFL officiating debut in 2014, he was originally going to be an umpire, but when long-time referee Mike Carey announced his retirement on June 24, 2014, Allen was given the referee position instead; this was the first time since 1962 that an NFL official in his first year of officiating was given that honor (Tommy Bell was the last NFL official to do so).
Allen's 2017 NFL officiating crew consists of umpire Fred Bryan, down judge Jim Mello, line judge Brian Bolinger, field judge Tom Hill, side judge Jabir Walker, and back judge Shawn Hochuli (the son of senior NFL referee Ed Hochuli).
He called the 2007 Motor City Bowl, the 2009 International Bowl, the 2012 Rose Bowls and the 2014 Sugar Bowl.
Outside of officiating NFL games, Allen is a non-profit CEO, executive director of the N.C. Senior Games. He also serves as clinic leader and booking supervisor for the Southern Officials Association.
- Long road leads Lumberton's Brad Allen to referee
- 2014 NFL Record & Fact Book
- "UNCP alumnus Brad Allen shares his experiences as NFL referee before a record crowd at annual Cash Bash fundraiser". www.uncp.edu. Retrieved 2017-02-21.
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