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Larry Nemmers  
Sport(s):  Football
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A native of Waterloo, IA, Larry Nemmers attended Columbus High School. He received a Bachelor�s degree in Biology in 1965 from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, IA. He also received a Master�s degree in Physics and Chemistry from East Texas State University in Commerce, TX. He received a second Master�s degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Nemmers� teaching career began in 1965 and continued until his retirement in 1994. During his time as an educator, he served as a teacher, textbook publisher, assistant principal, and principal. While serving in the education arena, Nemmers also began a career as a high school official. He officiated both high school football and basketball for 18 years, and had the opportunity to officiate in four state final championships. In addition to his duties as a referee, he also served as the Illinois High School rules interpreter for 15 years. In 1975, Nemmers made the jump to college officiating. He officiated Big Ten Conference football for nine years, including the 1984 Rose Bowl, and officiated NCAA basketball for eight years. In 1985, Nemmers earned an opportunity to become an NFL official. His 15-year NFL career has seen him officiate the playoffs for 14 years, including Super Bowl XXV. He has served as a referee and crew chief since 1991. He is a member of the Columbus High School Hall of Fame, Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame, Upper Iowa University, and the Elgin Sports Hall of Fame. He and his wife Sherry reside in Springfield. They have three sons, Shane, Lance, and Brett, and three grandchildren.

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