Johnny Grier Obituary, Burial, Funeral, Memorial Service, and all the funeral arrangement of the NFL’s first black referee.
Johnny Grier was an American football official for 23 years in the National Football League from 1981 to 2004.
After starting in the NFL as a field judge, he became the first African-American referee in the NFL’s history of the start of the 1988 NFL season.
Grier officiated in one Super Bowl, Super XXII in 1988. This was his final game as a field judge. It was also the game in which Doug Williams became the first African-American to win the Super Bowl.
He wore the number 23 uniform on the field. This uniform is still worn by Jerome Boger (another African-American referee).
Grier attended college at the University of the District of Columbia.
Grier started officiating football when he was 18 years old. He began as a high school football official back in 1965. Later, he moved to college football in 1972, and finally the NFL in 1981.
He was a referee for one year before he became a coach. In 1989, he was the first black head coach in the NFL’s modern era.
Johnny Grier Obituary, Burial, Funeral, Memorial Service
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He was born on April 16, 1947, in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States, and died on March 9, 2022, at age 74.