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Adam R. Hornbuckle

His mother’s maiden name was Jones. Carey graduated from Santa Clara University in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. A running back on the SCU football team, he played for four years until an ankle injury ended his playing career. In 1972 Carey began officiating Pop Warner football games in San Diego and, in 1985, became a college football referee for the Western Athletic Conference. In 1990 the National Football League (NFL) hired him as a line judge and in 1995 promoted him to referee. Carey, who became the second African American referee in the NFL since Johnny Grier in 1988, served as an alternate official for Super Bowl XXXVI between the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams on 3 February 2002.

On 3 October 2005 Carey officiated the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Carolina Panthers with his older brother ...

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Adam R. Hornbuckle

and first African American official in the National Football League (NFL), was born Burl Abron Toler in Memphis, Tennessee, to Arnold Toler and Annie King Toler. Burl was one of four children, three sons and one daughter, whose father worked as a Pullman porter and whose mother operated a small store and boardinghouse. Toler attended Manassas High School, a segregated school in Memphis. Despite standing six feet two inches and weighing over two hundred pounds, he did not participate in high school sports because of a severe burn on his arm, which resulted from an accident while disposing of a vat of cooking grease. After graduating from high school in 1946, Toler briefly attended LeMoyne (now LeMoyne-Owen) College in Memphis before an uncle who lived in Oakland, California encouraged him to move to the San Francisco Bay Area to continue his education.

After moving to San Francisco Toler entered ...