Aaron Colus "Butch" Lambert, Sr.


High School Career

Itawamba Agricultural High School (1938-1941)


College Career

Ole Miss (1946)

• Lambert was injured while playing center; Coach Johnny Vaught allowed him to stay on as manager/trainer.


Professional Career

• SEC Line Judge (1953-1982)

• SEC basketball referee (1953-1973)

• Officiated 4 regional NCAA basketball tournaments

• President, SEC Football Officials Association

• SEC Chief Line Judge (1980-1981)

• Officiated 12 bowl games, including National Championships:

– 1975 Orange Bowl (Notre Dame vs. Alabama)

– 1982 Orange Bowl (Clemson vs. Nebraska)


Did You Know?

Like most high school graduates of his day, Butch volunteered for military duty and served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946. He played center on the Great Lakes National Service Championship football team, whose coach was none other than the legendary Paul Brown.