Jerry Markbreit is famous for making the calls in both business and in sports.
As a trade and barter manager for 3M, he daily negotiated and traded millions of dollars of advertising, media time, and materials with businesses throughout the world. On the field, he is one of only sixteen National Football League referees. After officiating football for nine years, he became a member of the Big Ten Football officiating staff. From the legendary Ohio State/Michigan games of the early 1970's to the 1996 Notre Dame/Michigan State National Championship Game, Markbreit has been a symbol of college football.
For several years, Markbreit wrote a weekly football column for the Chicago Sun Times. He is the author of three books: The Armchair Referee (1973) and his autobiography Born to Referee (1988), was published by William Morrow Company and Last Call: Memoirs of an NFL Referee (2001). He also wrote an internet column for the Chicago Tribune.
The 1998 Season was Mr. Markbreit’s 43rd and last season of football officiating and his 23rd year in the National Football League. His career reads like a history book, refereeing Superbowls 17, 21, 26, and 29, and 8 Championship Games. He worked the NFC Championship games in both 1999 and 2000 as a replay official and is currently an assistant supervisor in the NFL officiating office, in charge of training referees.