Fans may not be thrilled with the refs in the NFL as of late, but there are some legends who have donned the stripes. One of them is Mason "Red" Cashion. The veteran official for the NFL is one of the best to ever pick up a whistle and unfortunately has passed away. The NFL announced that Cashion died at the age of 87. “Yesterday, 25-year @NFL Referee Mason “Red” Cashion passed away. Red worked two Super Bowls (XX and XXX) and over 500 professional games. He was well known for his.