Red Cashion American Football Official

Mason L. "Red" Cashion is a former American football official. He started officiating in 1952 while attending Texas A&M University, and then worked for various high school and college football conferences, most notably the Southwest Conference. From 1972 to 1997, he officiated in the National Football League (NFL), and was the referee in Super Bowl XX and Super Bowl XXX. Cashion began his career as a line judge in 1972 before being promoted to referee in 1976 upon the retirement of long-time referee Norm Schachter. He wore uniform number 43 for most of his career. During the 1979-1981 seasons, when officials were numbered separately by positions instead of having one number assigned to each official, he wore number 8. Cashion is known by NFL players, coaches, and fans for his signature first down call in which he would enthusiastically drawl "First dowwwwwn!" out to the crowd. In a 1997 interview with The Sporting News, he said, "I don't know of any time that started it or stopped it. It was just something that sort of evolved and been there ever since".


1. Texas A&M University Colleges/University

Texas A&M University (often referred to as A&M or TAMU) is a coeducational public research university located in College Station, Texas, United States. It is the flagship institution of the Texas A&M University System. The sixth-largest university in the United States, A&M's enrollment for Fall 2011 was over 50,000 for the first time in school history. Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution reflects a broad range of research with ongoing projects funded by agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. The school ranks in the top 20 American research institutes in terms of funding and has made notable contributions to such fields as animal cloning and petroleum engineering.

Institution info

Type University
2012. 7.03 bil. $
2010. 351 mil. $
Institution colors
Rudder Tower, 401 Joe Routt Blvd., 77843 - College Station, Texas
2013. 44,570
2011. 39,867
2010. 39,148
2009. 38,958
2006. 36,580
2013. 5,692
2011. 5,530
2010. 9,981
2006. 4,839
Acceptance rate
2013. 69.0 %
2012. 67.1 %
2011. 63.5 %
2010. 63.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 8.51 K $
2012. 8.51 K $
2011. 8.42 K $
2010. 8.39 K $
2009. 8.18 K $

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
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People attended Texas A&M University connected by profession and/or age

b. 2002., Politician
b. 1927., U.S. Congressperson
b. 1969., Politician
b. 1987., American Football Running back
b. 1983., Baseball Pitcher
b. 1910., Military Person
b. 1947., Military Person
b. 1926., Academic


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