One of the NFL's most recognizable on-field officials is walking away from the game.
Longtime NFL referee Ed Hochuli has announced his retirement from the game of football after 28 seasons.
The gun show is no more.
The NFL announced that longtime referee Ed Hochuli is retiring. Penalty explanations will never be the same.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 6, 2018
Hochuli has received cult status after Phil Simms referenced the size of the official's biceps. Since then, he has earned the nicknames "Hochules" and "The Gun Show" from NFL players and fans.
We also can not forget his wordy explanation after a penalty flag was thrown, causing many to lose focus, or stare at his biceps. Depends on who you are.
Ed Hochuli has retired the NFL will never be the same pic.twitter.com/ik1hFLD7SG— Brett (@BrettPats) March 6, 2018
Perhaps his most memorable moment came in the 2013 Pro Bowl, where he begrudgingly threw a penalty flag before declaring, "yes, there are penalties in the Pro Bowl."
When he is not on the field officiating a game, he is in the courtroom, serving as an attorney. He earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Arizona Law School, which came after earning his Bachelor's at UTEP, where he played as a linebacker from 1969-1972.
Now, Hochuli will leave NFL fans with many memories, good and bad (depending on which team you were rooting for).
"Hochules" is hanging up the whistle for good.