Former NFL referee Red Cashion dies
BRYAN — Former NFL referee Red Cashion, known for his vociferous calls of “first down,” died Sunday, according to Calloway-Jones Life & Legacy funeral home. He was 87.
Cashion, who began his officiating career while finishing his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M, retired from the NFL in 1997 after calling games for 25 years, 21 one of them as a referee. He worked two Super Bowls.
NFL Referees Association executive director
Scott Green called Cashion “the kind of man everyone wanted to emulate both on and off the field, and he gave so much of his time to all of us.”
Mason L. “Red” Cashion was born Nov. 10, 1931 in College Station, where he ran track and played football, basketball and baseball at A&M Consolidated High School. He then attended Texas A&M on a baseball scholarship, graduating in 1953. He then was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
Former NFL referee Red Cashion played baseball at Texas A&M.