Ed Hochuli was born December 25, 1950 and is an attorney for the firm of Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C. since 1983, and has been an American football official in the National Football League since the 1990 NFL season. His uniform number is 85. Prior to his officiating career, he played college football for four seasons at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Hochuli is, arguably, the most recognizable and respected on-field official in the National Football League, having worked numerous playoff games, including two Super Bowls. He is best known for his noticeably athletic/muscular physique, and, explaining on-field rulings in a manner that is comprehensive, yet also clear and concise. In a poll conducted by ESPN in 2008, Hochuli tied fellow referee Mike Carey for "best referee" votes among NFL head coaches. Beginning his twenty-third season in the league and twenty-first as referee with the 2012 NFL season, Hochuli's officiating crew consists of umpire Rich Hall, head linesman Mark Hittner, line judge Adrian Hill, field judge Craig Wrolstad, side judge Ronald Torbert and back judge Don Carey.