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Officiating the Super Bowl

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02/03/2016

The National Football League announced the officials for Super Bowl 50 last week. Referee Clete Blakeman will lead the seven-person crew of game officials selected to work the game played this Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

The other members of the Super Bowl 50 officiating crew are Jeff Rice (umpire), Wayne Mackie (head linesman), Rusty Banes (line judge), Boris Check (field judge), Scott Edwards (side judge), and Keith Ferguson (back judge).

Collectively, the Super Bowl 50 officiating crew has 97 years of NFL officiating experience and 62 combined playoff game assignments.

A playoff assignment is always a feather in the cap of an NFL official. The reward of being selected to work a postseason game symbolizes being in the upper echelon of all on field officials and validates the thousands of hours of preparation each official commits to perfect their craft.

This harkens the question, who has officiated in the most championship game in NFL history? That honor belongs to Tom Kelleher who worked 16 championship games as a back judge in the NFL from 1960 until 1991.

During his decades of service to the game, Kelleher officiated in four NFL Championship games, seven NFC Championship games, and five Super Bowls.

Here is an all-time list of all NFL officials who have worked 10 or more championship games.

OFFICIAL                  Position NFL Championship AFL Championship NFC Championship AFC Championship Super Bowls Total
               
Tom Kelleher BJ 4 0 7 0 5 16
               
Ron Gibbs R 15 0 0 0 0 15
               
Tony Veteri U-HL 0 5 4 2 4 15
               
Ron Botchan U 0 0 6 2 5 13
               
Charlie Berry HL 12 0 0 0 0 12
               
Joe Connell U 7 0 2 0 3 12
               
Fritz Graf FJ 4 1 1 2 4 12
               
Ed Marion HL 1 0 3 5 3 12
               
Jerry Markbreit R 0 0 6 2 4 12
               
Bruce Alford LJ 0 0 2 6 3 11
               
Byron Boston LJ 0 0 5 3 2 11
               
Bob Boylston U 0 0 6 3 2 11
               
Carl Paganelli U 0 0 5 2 4 11
               
Jim Tunney R 0 2 3 3 3 11
               
Tommy Bell R 2 0 4 2 2 10
               
Bill Carollo SJ-R 0 0 4 4 2 10
               
Al Conway U 0 0 3 3 4 10
               
Don Hakes SJ-FJ-BJ 0 0 1 6 3 10
               
Ed Hochuli R 0 0 4 4 2 10
               
Stan Javie BJ 1 0 1 4 4 10
               
Al Jury BJ-FJ 0 0 4 1 5 10
               
Terry McAulay SJ-R 0 0 6 1 3 10
               
Jim Poole BJ 0 0 5 3 2 10

 

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