Three Paganelli brothers to serve as NFL officials

Updated: August 7, 2006, 9:07 AM ET
Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- One Michigan family knows how to play by the rules.

The Paganelli family will soon have a fourth member to serve as an NFL official when 38-year-old Dino Paganelli puts on the black and white uniform this season.

He will join brothers Perry and Carl Jr. as the first sibling trio to officiate games at the same time, according to Mike Pereira, the league's supervisor of officials.

"Every time we've hired a Paganelli, he's been the best candidate for the position," Pereira told The Grand Rapids Press. "Perry was first, and he's been terrific. Carl has been outstanding, and Dino may be the best yet. He may be a first-year official, but he's certainly not a rookie in terms of experience. He's been on our radar screen for a long time."

Dino Paganelli was named one of four new officials this season, bringing the league's total to 120.

Their 60-year-old father, Carl Paganelli Sr., first became an official 44 years ago.

The brothers will be assigned to different crews.

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