BRYAN, Texas — Former NFL referee Red Cashion, known because of his vociferous requirements of”First down,” has expired.

Cashion expired Sunday, according to Calloway-Jones Life & Legacy ranch home.

Cashion retired from the NFL in 1997 after officiating for 25 years, 2-1 one of them as a referee. He functioned just two Super Bowls.

NFL Referees Association executive manager Scott Green called Cashion”that the kind of man everyone wanted to emulate both on and off the industry, and he gave so much of his time for you to all of us.”

Mason L.”Red” Cashion was created Nov. 10, 1931, in College Station, Texas. He ran track and played basketball football and baseball then attended Texas A&M to a baseball scholarship, graduating in 1953. He was subsequently commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant from the U.S. Army.

While completing his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M he began his officiating career.