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Athletics Hall of Fame Profile: Mike Pereira

Athletics Hall of Fame Profile: Mike Pereira

Red and White Celebration Registration

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Bronco Bench Foundation and Santa Clara Athletics will induct the 2019 Hall of Fame class at the Red & White Celebration on Saturday, May 18. The class features nine student-athletes across three sports, including former Bronco baseball player and longtime NFL referee Mike Pereira.

Pereira was a staple as a Santa Clara outfielder from 1970-72 before becoming an NCAA/NFL referee and a rules analyst for football television broadcasts.

An ironman on the diamond, Pereira helped the team to a 123-46 record, including 49-9 in West Coast Athletic Conference play, during his three seasons, which included three WCAC titles, three postseason appearances and six postseason victories. Pereira was the only player to appear in all 111 contests from 1971-72. As a senior, he hit .305 and tied for the team lead with 16 stolen bases.

Pereira, who graduated from Santa Clara in 1972 with a degree in finance, began officiating NCAA football games in 1982 and spent 14 seasons at the collegiate level in the Big West Conference and Western Athletic Conference. He officiated eight bowl games, including a pair of trips to the Cotton Bowl.

In 1996, Pereira made the jump to the NFL as a sideline judge while also serving as the WAC coordinator of officials. He quickly climbed the ladder and was promoted to NFL supervisor of officiating in 1998, director of officiating in 2001 and vice president of officiating in 2004.

Following a 14-year tenure in the NFL, Pereira shifted to a television role as a football rules analyst for FOX Sports beginning in 2010. He monitors both NFL and NCAA football games from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles and provides insight into making and reviewing decisions for officiating crews during live game broadcasts and studio shows.

The Red & White Celebration, presented by Heritage Bank of Commerce, will be held in Leavey Center with the program beginning at 6 p.m. Click here to register

The program will also include senior awards for current student-athletes, as well as recognition of endowment benefactors and the 1962-72 period of baseball that featured six conference titles and a College World Series appearance in 1962.

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