The NFL has assigned Terry McAulay the task of being the referee for Sunday’s Super Bowl in Tampa when the Arizona Cardinals battle the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It will be McAulay’s second Super Bowl. He worked his first one in Jacksonville in 2005 when the Patriots beat the Eagles. He’s been a referee in the league for 11 seasons.
He is a graduate of LSU, and has officiated nine playoff games: one Super Bowl, five championship games, two divisional playoffs and one wild-card game. He refereed Baltimore’s victory at Tennessee in the divisional round this month.
McAulay earned the assignment through the league’s evaluation system in which the highest-rated officials at each position with the required experience are chosen to work the game. Super Bowl officials must have at least five years of NFL experience and previous playoff assignments.
Other members of the Super Bowl officiating crew are umpire Roy Ellison, head linesman Derick Bowers, line judge Mark Perlman, field judge Greg Gautreaux, side judge Michael Banks, back judge Keith Ferguson, and replay official Bob McGrath.
In all, the crew has 55 years of NFL officiating experience and 43 postseason game assignments.