Steelers OL Starks Says Super Bowl XL Ref Should Retire If He Feels Bad


If you haven’t heard, Bill Leavy says he screwed up in Super Bowl XL. Uh, wasn’t that like 5 years ago? Anyway, Max Starks, who has been vocal about Chad Ochocinco and now this, says that Levy should retire if he feels bad about the situation of hurting the Seahawks.

Max Starks offered up some advice for referee Bill Leavy if he still feels so terrible for a couple controversial calls he made during Super XL nearly five years ago. “He should go ahead and retire if he feels so bad about it,” Starks said Saturday. “Just do us all a favor and not referee anymore.” In Seattle for the first time Friday since refereeing Super Bowl XL in which the Steelers defeated the Seahawks 21-10, Leavy, a 16-year veteran official, unexpectedly apologized to the Seahawks for two blown fourth-quarter calls that helped the Steelers to the victory.

Early in the fourth quarter with the Steelers leading 14-10, Locklear was called for holding Clark Haggans on a pass completion to Jerramy Stevens that would have put the Seahawks at the Steelers’ 1-yard line. “Well, that was a holding,” Starks said.

“And that’s coming from an offensive lineman. It pains me to admit those kinds of things.” Hasselbeck threw an interception three plays later and then was called for an illegal block to move the Steelers near midfield. Four plays later, Antwaan Randle El’s reverse pass touchdown to Hines Ward sealed the game for the Steelers. “You know what, even if you give them that touchdown, we still win the game,” Starks said. “It would’ve been 14-10. We still win. I know we have no regrets. We have won another one since. You look back on it, and you’re a human being and that was a judgment call and you have to live with it. If you thought it was iffy, then don’t make the call.”


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