Longtime NFL referee Red Cashion dies at 87 | NFL

Mason L. “Crimson” Cashion, one of the iconic referees in NFL historical past, died Sunday, The Eagle reported. He was 87.

Cashion’s NFL profession spans three many years from 1972-96, throughout which he lined two Tremendous Bowls. He was finest recognized for the best way he yelled “first down!” throughout video games.

Cashion was born in Faculty Station, Texas, in 1931. He started his referee profession whereas finishing his research at Texas A&M. He mentioned it was him being fired after one season as an official for the Southland Convention within the 1960s that made him profitable within the NFL.

Together with “first down!” Cashion mentioned listening to “you are fired” is what gave him that gasoline.

“I definitely hope you by no means have to listen to these two phrases,” Cashion wrote in his autobiography “First Dooowwwnnn … and Life to Go!” printed in 2012. “Except, after all, they’ve the identical splendidly constructive impact in your life as they did on mine. Being fired was undoubtedly a life-altering occasion for me in a great way.”

Cashion was inducted into the Texas Sports activities Corridor of Fame in 1999. His spouse of 47 years, Lou, preceded him in loss of life in 1999. The couple had 5 youngsters, six grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

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