Longtime NFL official Carl Madsen dies at age 71

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The NFL announced replay official Carl Madsen died Sunday while returning home from the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tennessee Titans football game.  

Madsen was 71 years old when he passed.  

Madsen was an on-field official for 12 seasons from 1997 to 2008, before becoming a replay official in 2009. Madsen was the most experienced replay official, along with Paul Weidner, of the NFL’s 17 replay officials. 

Madsen served in the U.S. Air Force from 1973 to 1976. 

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“Carl Madsen was an NFL officiating fixture for more than two decades, first as a highly respected on-field official before transitioning to a replay role beginning in 2009,” NFL senior VP of officiating training and development Walt Anderson said in a statement. “A terrific friend and colleague, Carl’s love of football and dedication to officiating was ever-present, as he generously shared his time to mentor young officials at clinics across the country. A veteran of the Air Force, Carl had a tremendous spirit and will be greatly missed.” 

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