Carl Johnson, who is the NFL Vice President of Officiating, has agreed to become the NFL's first full-time on-field game official, the NFL announced Wednesday. He will begin his duties as a full-time official next season.
Johnson will continue to lead the NFL Officiating Department through Super Bowl XLVII.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement enables the NFL to hire some officials on a full-time basis. Johnson will be the first person to serve in this full-time capacity.
"Carl Johnson's experience on the field and in New York made him uniquely qualified to help implement the new program of a limited number of full-time game officials," said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson in a statement. "We are confident Carl will do an outstanding job."
Before joining the NFL office as head of officiating in 2010, Johnson spent nine seasons officiating NFL games as a line judge. Johnson has worked eight postseason games in his career, including Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and New England Patriots.
In addition to being an on-field official at a position to be determined, Johnson and other full-time officials will train and develop officials, scout for new officials, facilitate communication with game officials, and assist the Competition Committee.