The National Football League officially announced on Wednesday that referee Jerome Boger will lead a seven-man crew for Super Bowl XLVII.
“We congratulate Jerome and his entire crew on being assigned to work at Super Bowl XLVII,” NFL vice president of officiating Carl Johnson said in a statement released by the league. “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.”
Boger is in his ninth season as an official and is completing his seventh season as a referee after entering the NFL officiating ranks as a line judge. Boger's previous playoff experience consists of four divisional playoff games, including a game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Joining Boger in New Orleans will be umpire Darrell Jenkins, head linesman Steve Stellies, line judge Byron Boston, field judge Craig Wrolstad, side judge Joe Larrew and back judge Dino Paganelli. Of the crew, Boston has the most experience as 2012 is his 18th season as an NFL official and Super Bowl XLVII will be the 17th playoff game of his career.
To work the Super Bowl, officials must have at least five seasons of NFL experience and must have previously worked a game. Officials chosen for the Super Bowl are the highest-rated officials under the NFL's officiating program evaluation system, though as Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports reports, some current officials have questions about the grading process and Boger's anticipated selection to lead the crew.
"[Boger] shouldn't even be eligible for the game," one said. "Everybody basically knows what's happening. You see when grades appear, and when grades mysteriously disappear. Any incorrect call or missed call will disappear for no reason at all."
The selection of Boger did meet the approval of the National Football League Referee Assocation (NFLRA).
"The Super Bowl XLVII crew, led by referee and crew chief Jerome Boger, all had an excellent 2012 season," NFLRA executive director Tim Millis said in a statement. "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."