Eugene Joseph Steratore is an American football official who has officiated matches in the National Football League (NFL) since the year 2013. He has been a referee and official at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball since 1995 – present. Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania on February 8, 1963, he has built an empire after he joined the league as a field umpire and was later promoted to a referee at the beginning of the 2006 season. He was one of two referees who were officiating matches that season following the retirements of Tom White and Bernie Kukar.Image Credit: Zimbio.com
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Gene Steratore wears uniform number 114. He is currently one of the two officials who also preside over the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s basketball games. He has officiated the NCAA games since 1997. On February 7, 2010, he was chosen as an alternate referee for the Super Bowl XLIV and was also chosen as a referee for the Super Bowl LII in 2018, February 4th.
National Football League Tenure
Gene Steratore briefly took over as a referee in a regular season game on 28th December 2003. This was a match between Carolina Panthers and New York Giants. He took over officiating after the crew chief, Bernie Kukar, got injured when he was hit in the back by Clarence LeBlanc, of the Giants after a blocked punt.
On January 10, 2009, Gene Steratore worked his first National Football League playoff game. This was a game between Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers. One year later, Steratore officiated over the Baltimore Ravens’ 33-14 triumph over the New England Patriots. This was in an American Football Conference Wild Card game held at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts.
In week 1 of the 2010 NFL season, Gene Steratore was at the center of the controversy that happened into an instant replay call. The game was between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears in Chicago, at the Soldier Field. In the fourth quarter, Calvin Johnson, the Lions’ receiver caught was ruled as a winning touchdown for Detroit. Steratore, after conferring with his officials overturned to call and ruled it was a complete pass. He also ruled that Johnson lost control of the ball before he completed the process of completing the catch while going down.
The NFL supported Gene Steratore on this instance. NFL’s former vice president of officiating, Mike Pereira, also backed NFL’s decision to support him. From then, and up to now, the ruling has been referred to as the “Calvin Johnson rule”.
During the 2012 NFL referee lockout, Gene Steratore was selected as the first referee to officiate a match that followed the lockout on September 27, 2012. The Thursday contest was between the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens. As he and his crew entered the field, the Baltimore crowd applauded him cheerfully.
On December 17, 2017, in a game between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders, Gene Steratore was again in an officiating controversy. He took a controversial step when he employed an index card that is normally used to record penalties to help him determine whether the Dallas Cowboys had made the line to gain for a first down. Ruling that the Cowboys had done so gave the Dallas Cowboys a chance to kick a late field goal in the 20-17 victory.
Gene Steratore lives in his native home at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his elder brother co-own and operate the Steratore Sanitary Supplies in Washington, Pennsylvania. This comes after their officiating duties, which his brother is also involved. His refereeing crew consists of umpire Roy Ellison, line judge Gary Arthur, down judge David Oliver, side judge Adrian Hill, back judge Dino Paganelli, and down judge David Oliver.
NFL and NCAA officials get paid very well and they earn additional benefits on top of their salaries. Additionally Gene Steratore rakes in income from his business. However, at this time we do not have sufficient information to estimate Gene Steratore net worth in 2018.