The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired former NFL game official Larry Rose as an officiating consultant, adding a valuable new asset to Bruce Arians' already expansive coaching staff.
Rose brings 44 years of officiating experience to his new role, including 17 years as a side judge at football's highest level. His NFL tenure began in 1997 and included assignment to 14 playoff contests, including a pair of conference championship games. Rose was the side judge for the officiating staff in Super Bowl XLII between New England and the New York Giants at the end of the 2007 season.
In his new role, Rose will assist Buccaneer coaches and players with regard to knowledge and interpretation of rules and in-game strategy, including guidance on the practice field and assistance with replay challenge decisions on game day.
Since retiring from the NFL, Rose has worked as a trainer of officials for the SEC and the Sun Belt Conferences, which included weekly game assignments. In that capacity, he trained officials, reviewed their performances and assisted replay officials on game days. He first began officiating on the high school level in Florida in 1975 and also spent eight years as a side judge in the SEC, a stint that including assignment to five bowl games.