Induction Year: 2022
Categories: Officiating and Pro Sports
Longtime Smithtown resident, veteran NFL referee, including many high stakes games. 25 years as an NFL official: 2 Super Bowls (40 and 53), 4 Conference Championship Games; multiple NCAA FCA Championships. 20 years as a junior high, high school and college official before going pro
Steve is the only homegrown Long Island official to ever work in the NFL that we are aware of, and his roots run deep. He grew up in Massapequa where he set the LI record for touchdown passes in a season (22), which stood for many years. He went on to become a multi-sport star at Hofstra (‘72) as an academic All-American quarterback while also excelling on the varsity golf team; he later earned his law degree from Hofstra as well.
For the Flying Dutchmen, Zimmer completed 57% (146-254) of his passes for 1,540 and 14 touchdowns as a senior for the 8-3 Pride.
.His name appears in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on a wall of veteran officials who were involved with the game for 25 or more years.