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Longtime NFL Official Carl Madsen Dies After Chiefs vs. Titans Game

Longtime NFL referee Carl Madsen died on Sunday on the way home from officiating the Week 7 matchup between the Chiefs and Titans. He was 71 years old. 

Madsen spent the last 12 years as a replay official and before that spent 12 years as a field official. 

"Carl Madsen was an NFL officiating fixture for more than two decades, first as a highly-respected on-field official before transitioning to a replay role in 2009,” NFL senior vice president Walt Anderson said in a statement. “A terrific friend and colleague, Carl’s love of football and dedication to officiating was ever-present, as he generously shared his time to mentor young officials at clinics across the country. A veteran of the Air Force, Carl had a tremendous spirit and will be greatly missed.”

In a statement, NFL Referees Association president Scott Green spoke to Madsen's beloved standing among his peers. 

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“Carl will be missed by those who worked with him on the field and in replay,” Green said. “He had a nickname among his fellow officials of “Big Country” which was not only related to his size but to his big personality as a warm and generous man.”

Madsen served in the U.S. Air Force from 1973-76. His cause of death is unclear.