NFL announces officials for Super Bowl, Jerome Boger is the referee

The Baltimore Sun

NEW ORLEANS -- Referee Jerome Boger and six other game officials have been picked to work the Super Bowl between the Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

That includes umpire Darrell Jenkins, head linesman Steve Stelljes, line judge Byron Boston, field judge Craig Wrolstad, side judge Joe Larrew and back judge Dino Paganelli.

Between them, the Super Bowl XLVII officiating crew has a combined 77 years of officiating experienced and 50 playoff games.

Boger is in his ninth season after entering the league in 2004 as a line judge, getting promoted to referee in 2006.

He has never called a Super Bowl before but has officiated four divisional round playoff games.

“We congratulate Jerome and his entire crew on being assigned to work at Super Bowl XLVII,” NFL vice president of officiating Carl Johnson said. “Just like the two competing teams, every member of this officiating crew has had an outstanding season and earned this honor.  We are confident that they will have a great game on Sunday.”

Under the NFL officiating program's evaluation system, the highest-rated eligible officials at each position earn the right to work the Super Bowl. Super Bowl officials must have at least five years of NFL experience and previous playoff assignments.

The replay official is Bill Spyksma and the replay assistant is Terry Sullivan.

"The Super Bowl XLVII crew, led by referee and crew chief Jerome Boger, all had an excellent 2012 season," NFL Referees Association executive director Tim Millis said. "This is a well-deserved honor for each member of the crew. Every NFLRA member wishes them the best of luck officiating an outstanding Super Bowl game."

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