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Ed Hochuli's 'Jungle Boy' nickname for replay official broadcast to stadium during Panthers-Cardinals game

Referee Ed Hochuli (85) signals during the second

Referee Ed Hochuli (85) signals during the second quarter of an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the San Diego Chargers in Detroit. (Dec. 24, 2011) Credit: AP

Referee Ed Hochuli referred to replay official Tom Sifferman by his nickname “Jungle Boy,” which was heard on the in-stadium microphone during the Cardinals-Panthers NFC wild-card game Saturday.

NFL spokesman Michael Signora said Hochuli intended to communicate that information to the officiating crew through the official-to-official communications system as he confirmed a penalty for 12-men on the field. But Hochuli inadvertently broadcast the remark on the stadium microphone.

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino tweeted "that is Sifferman’s nickname on his crew. Hochuli mistakenly opened up his stadium mic instead of his wireless mic to the other officials."

Sifferman, who is white, was a long-time field judge on Hochuli’s crew before becoming a replay official. He got his nickname for touring a jungle on a trip to Hawaii.

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