Johnny Grier, NFL’s First black referee died at 74.
Johnny Grier was the first black referee in the history of the NFL. He marked his appearance in the NFL from 1981 to 2004, 23 years of wonderfulness.
The death news of Johnny Grier was announced by Troy Vincent, the vice president of football operations NFL.
“Johnny Grier, the NFL’s first Black referee and the field judge for Super Bowl XXII, was a trailblazer who paved the way for those in the field of NFL Officiating and beyond,” Vincent tweeted.
Before being a part of the NFL family, Grier worked in games both in high school and college. He started off in 1965 by playing games in high school and in 1972 he played for his college. After nine years, as a field judge, he joined the NFL in 1981. He was promoted to referee after he worked super Bowl XXII. In 1988, he was the first official black referee of the NFL.
Grier followed the footsteps of Burl Toler.
In 2006, a pure act of kindness was pulled off by referee Jerome Boger who changed his number to 23 in respect to pay the tribute to Johnny Grier.
NFL, in 1993 Grier played 15 playoff games in the AFC Championship game.
Grier’s ended his career in 2004, his leg injury become the main reason for his decision. Furthermore, he supervised the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Johnny Grier Cause Of Death:
Reportedly, no cause of death has been officially released on media. People are assuming he was suffering from illness or any other deadly disease.