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Jeff Triplette is a referee for the National Football League. He wears uniform number 42. His 2009 NFL officiating crew consists of umpire Bruce Stritesky, head linesman Steve Stelljes, line judge Mike Spanier, field judge Boris Cheek, side judge Dave Wyant and back judge Steve Freeman.


Triplette is a retired Army Reserve colonel. He was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in the Persian Gulf War while serving in the North Carolina Army National Guard.

In January 2007, Triplette was named President and Chief Operating Officer of FNC, Inc., the provider of collateral management technology to the nation's largest mortgage lenders. Before joining FNC, he was Vice President for Risk Management at Duke Energy, a large energy company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolinamarker.

Officiating career

Triplette joined the NFL as a field judge in 1996 and became a referee in 1999.

On December 19, 1999, Triplette accidentally hit the Cleveland Browns' Orlando Brown in the eye with a penalty flag weighed with ball bearings. Video shows that Triplette immediately apologized to Brown, who was then tended to by the medical staff. A few minutes later, when play was about to resume, Brown was being taken to the locker room by the trainers, he shoved past the trainers, ran out on the field and assaulted Triplette. Brown was ejected from the game and subsequently suspended by the NFL, although the suspension was lifted when his injury did not heal. The next year, Brown was cut from the Browns, causing Brown to sue the NFL for damages.

The next season, Triplette also accidentally struck Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Aaron Beasley in the helmet.

Peyton Manning is a frequent user of the fake spike, and "sold it" so well in a 2001 game against New Orleans that Triplette blew the whistle to stop the play, costing the Colts a probable touchdown .

On December 14, 2008, a scramble for a fumble late in the 4th quarter during a contest between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills resulted in Triplette being knocked over by one of the players. The hit left Triplette with a bloody and swollen nose for the rest of the game.


  1. Orlando Brown Sues NFL
  2. - NFL - Tape shows Jags' Beasley hit by flag
  3. Jaguars: NFL CONFIDENTIAL: Manning fake fooled even the ref 11/25/01

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