The visual appeal of Super Bowl 50 got turned up a notch once people took notice of referee Clete Blakeman, the game's 51-year-old lead official. Aside from the usual complaints by fans who've followed Blakeman's controversial career, other Twitter users focused in on his physique.
But who, exactly, is Clete Blakeman? Long before he was officiating the Panthers-Broncos showdown, Blakeman was a backup quarterback at Nebraska from 1984 to 1987. He got his start as a field judge in the NFL in 2008 before transitioning to referee two years later.
Sorry though, ladies, by the looks of his Twitter profile, he's happily married.
Here's a sampling of some women who found Mr. Blakeman easy on the eyes.
Ok, I'm just going to say it. Clete Blakeman, the Head Referee looked really sexy in the California Sunset light. #SB50
— Shigeo James Iwamiya (@sjiwamiya) February 8, 2016
What's the line on number of Clete Blakeman bicep curls at halftime? #SB50
— Tim S (@TimTim921) February 8, 2016
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) February 7, 2016
The real MVP of #SB50 is Head Ref Clete Blakeman. U know he has been practicing his moves at home, and it's paid off. WERK IT GIRL
— Claire Williams (@gumbo_lawndale) February 8, 2016
— KelliGiirl (@KelliGiirl) February 8, 2016
Where can I order a #Cleteblakeman calendar??
— Jacquie (@Jacquie228) February 8, 2016