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The Super Bowl officials are the officials chosen for the Super Bowl, the championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the largest and most prestigious professional American football league.


The NFL's highest-rated official at each position is selected to work the Super Bowl. This is determined by the league using an evaluation system to grade each official's calls during the year. However, only officials who have worked in the league for at least five seasons and have previously worked during the playoffs are eligible to officiate in a Super Bowl.[1]

This has not always been the case. From Super Bowl I to Super Bowl IV, when the game was the "AFL (American Football League)-NFL World Championship Game", the officiating crews consisted of members from both leagues. Then for Super Bowl XXXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIX, the NFL selected the highest rated crew during the regular season. This was a reaction to several officiating mistakes during the 2002-03 playoffs, and the league felt that preserving the familiarity and cohesiveness of the officiating crews during the postseason might reduce the errors.[2]

List of officials

Note: A seven-official system was not used until Super Bowl XIII. Beginning with Super Bowl XXXIII, the league swapped position titles with the field judge and back judge.

AFL-NFL World Championships

Game Date Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Field Judge Back Judge
I 15 January 1967 Norm Schachter (NFL) George Young (AFL) Bernie Ulman (NFL) Al Sabato (AFL) Mike Lisetski (NFL) Jack Reader (AFL)
II 14 January 1968 Jack Vest (AFL) Ralph Morcroft (NFL) Tony Veteri (AFL) Bruce Alford (NFL) Bob Baur (AFL) Stan Javie (NFL)
III 12 January 1969 Tom Bell (NFL) Walt Parker (AFL) George Murphy (NFL) Cal Lepore (AFL) Joe Gonzalez (NFL) Jack Reader (AFL)
IV 11 January 1970 John McDonough (AFL) Lou Palazzi (NFL) Harry Kessel (AFL) Bill Schleibaum (NFL) Charlie Musser (AFL) Tom Kelleher (NFL)

NFL Championships

Game Date Referee Umpire Head Linesman Line Judge Field Judge Back Judge Side Judge
V 17 January 1971 Norm Schachter Paul Trepinski Ed Marion Jack Fette Fritz Graf Hugh Gamber
VI 16 January 1972 Jim Tunney Joe Connell Al Sabato Art Holst Bob Wortman Ralph Vandenberg
VII 14 January 1973 Tom Bell Lou Palazzi Tony Veteri Bruce Alford Tony Skover Tom Kelleher
VIII 13 January 1974 Ben Dreith Ralph Morcroft Leo Miles Jack Fette Fritz Graf Stan Javie
IX 12 January 1975 Bernie Ulman Al Conway Ed Marion Bruce Alford Dick Dolack Ray Douglas
X 18 January 1976 Norm Schachter Joe Connell Leo Miles Jack Fette Bill O'Brien Stan Javie
XI 9 January 1977 Jim Tunney Lou Palazzi Ed Marion Bill Swanson Armen Terzian Tom Kelleher
XII 15 January 1978 Jim Tunney Joe Connell Tony Veteri Art Holst Bob Wortman Ray Douglas
XIII 21 January 1979 Pat Haggerty Art Demmas Jerry Bergman Jack Fette Fred Swearingen Pat Knight Dean Look
XIV 20 January 1980 Fred Silva Al Conway Burl Toler Bob Beeks Charley Musser Stan Javie Ben Tompkins
XV 25 January 1981 Ben Dreith Frank Sinkovitz Tony Veteri Tom Dooley Fritz Graf Tom Kelleher Dean Look
XVI 24 January 1982 Pat Haggerty Al Conway Jerry Bergman Bob Beeks Don Hakes Bill Swanson Bob Rice
XVII 30 January 1983 Jerry Markbreit Art Demmas Dale Hamer Bill Reynolds Don Orr Dick Hantak Dave Parry
XVIII 22 January 1984 Gene Barth Gordon Wells Jerry Bergman Bob Beeks Fritz Graf Gil Mace Ben Tompkins
XIX 20 January 1985 Pat Haggerty Tom Hensley Leo Miles Ray Dodez Bob Lewis Tom Kelleher Bill Quinby
XX 26 January 1986 Red Cashion Ron Botchan Dale Williams Bama Glass Jack Vaughan Al Jury Bob Rice
XXI 25 January 1987 Jerry Markbreit Bob Boylston Terry Gierke Bob Beeks Pat Mallette Jim Poole Gil Mace
XXII 31 January 1988 Bob McElwee Al Conway Dale Hamer Jack Fette Johnny Grier Al Jury Don Wedge
XXIII 22 January 1989 Jerry Seeman Gordon Wells Jerry Bergman Bob Beeks Bobby Skelton Paul Baetz Gary Lane
XXIV 28 January 1990 Dick Jorgensen Hendi Ancich Earnie Frantz Ron Blum Don Orr Al Jury Gerald Austin
XXV 27 January 1991 Jerry Seeman Art Demmas Sid Semon Dick McKenzie Jack Vaughan Banks Williams Larry Nemmers
XXVI 26 January 1992 Jerry Markbreit Bob Boylston Dale Williams Ron Blum Paul Baetz Ed Merrifield Dick Creed
XXVII 31 January 1993 Dick Hantak Ron Botchan Ron Phares Dick McKenzie Donnie Hampton Jim Poole Dean Look
XXVIII 30 January 1994 Bob McElwee Art Demmas Sid Semon Tom Barnes Don Orr Al Jury Nate Jones
XXIX 29 January 1995 Jerry Markbreit Ron Botchan Ron Phares Ron Baynes Jack Vaughan Tim Millis Tom Fincken
XXX 28 January 1996 Red Cashion John Keck Paul Weidner Dale Orem Don Hakes Dick Creed Bill Carollo
XXXI 26 January 1997 Gerald Austin Ron Botchan Earnie Frantz Jeff Bergman Phil Luckett Scott Steenson Tom Fincken
XXXII 25 January 1998 Ed Hochuli Jim Quirk John Schleyer Ben Montgomery Don Dorkowski Paul Baetz Doug Toole
XXXIII 31 January 1999 Bernie Kukar Jim Daopoulos Sanford Rivers Ron Baynes Tim Millis Don Hakes Gary Lane
XXXIV 30 January 2000 Bob McElwee Ron Botchan Earnie Frantz Byron Boston Al Jury Bill Leavy Tom Fincken
XXXV 28 January 2001 Gerald Austin Chad Brown Tony Veteri, Jr. Walt Anderson Bill Lovett Bill Schmitz Doug Toole
XXXVI 3 February 2002 Bernie Kukar Jeff Rice Mark Hittner Ron Phares Pete Morelli Scott Green Laird Hayes
XXXVII 26 January 2003 Bill Carollo Ed Coukart Dale Williams Mark Steinkerchner Tom Sifferman Don Carey Rick Patterson
XXXVIII 1 February 2004 Ed Hochuli Jeff Rice Mark Hittner Ben Montgomery Tom Sifferman Scott Green Laird Hayes
XXXIX 6 February 2005 Terry McAulay Carl Paganelli Gary Slaughter Mark Steinkerchner Tom Sifferman Tony Steratore Rick Patterson
XL 5 February 2006 Bill Leavy Garth DeFelice Mark Hittner Mark Perlman Steve Zimmer Bob Waggoner Tom Hill
XLI 4 February 2007 Tony Corrente Carl Paganelli George Hayward Ron Marinucci Jim Saracino Perry Paganelli John Parry
XLII 3 February 2008 Mike Carey[3] Tony Michalek Gary Slaughter Carl Johnson Boris Cheek Scott Helverson Larry Rose
XLIII 1 February 2009 Terry McAulay Roy Ellison Derrick Bowers Mark Perlman Greg Gautreaux Keith Ferguson Michael Banks
XLIV 7 February 2010 Scott Green[4] Undrey Wash John McGrath Jeff Seeman Rob Vernatchi Greg Steed Greg Meyer
XLV 6 February 2011 Walt Anderson[5] Chad Brown Kent Payne John Hussey Doug Rosenbaum Scott Helverson Mike Weatherford
XLVI 5 February 2012 John Parry Carl Paganelli Tom Stabile Gary Arthur Gary Cavaletto Tony Steratore Laird Hayes
XLVII 3 February 2013 Jerome Boger Darrell Jenkins Steve Stelljes Byron Boston Craig Wrolstad Dino Paganelli Joe Larrew

Number of appearances

Throughout NFL history, five officials have been selected to work five Super Bowls and seven have been assigned to four Super Bowls.

Super Bowl
Official Super Bowl(s)
Jack Fette V, VIII, X, XIII, XXII
Tom Kelleher IV, VII, XI, XV, XIX
Al Conway IX, XIV, XVI, XXII
Fritz Graf V, VIII, XV, XXVIII
Stan Javie II, VIII, X, XIV
Jerry Markbreit XVII, XXI, XXVI, XXIX
Tony Veteri II, VII, XII, XV

See also

Notes and references

  • Super Bowl Notes, Quotes & Anecdotes: Games I-XL. NFL. 2006. pp. 123.