Former vice president of NFL officiating Mike Pereira joins FFD in the unique position of a multi-platform NFL rules analyst. Pereira also contributes regularly to the FOX NFL SUNDAY pregame show, FOXSports.com, FOX Sports Radio and is available to join NFL on FOX game broadcasts. He retired from the NFL after 14 years with the league in 2009.
If circumstances warrant a rules interpretation or explanation, Pereira is on hand to provide viewers with his exceptional insight into the situation and process in making the calls on the field. Each Sunday he monitors the day's NFL action from his own control room at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, giving him visual access to all games played. Pereira is available to interact with FOX NFL SUNDAY studio personalities during pregame, halftime or postgame segments and also communicate with NFL on FOX game crews at stadiums across the country, either on- or off-camera.
Pereira has been involved with the game of football dating back to 1982 when he was an NCAA Division 1 official. Pereira spent 14 years officiating college football beginning with nine years in the Big West Conference (1982-91) followed by five years in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) (1992-96). During that time, Pereira officiated eight postseason Bowl Games including the Aloha Bowl and Cotton Bowl twice each, Citrus Bowl, Gator Bowl, Holiday Bowl and Freedom Bowl. Pereira made the jump to the NFL as a sideline judge in 1996 while also holding the title of supervisor of officials for the WAC. After two years patrolling the sidelines in the NFL and overseeing WAC officiating, Pereira was promoted to NFL supervisor of officiating in 1998. In 2001 Pereira became director of officiating for the NFL and then was promoted to vice president of NFL officiating in 2004. He spent a total of 14 years with the NFL.