John Parry to referee Super Bowl

Updated: February 1, 2012, 10:00 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- John Parry is back at the Super Bowl, this time as the referee.

A 12-year veteran official in his fifth season as a referee, Parry worked the 2007 championship game as a side judge. He was promoted to referee later that year.

Parry has officiated nine playoff games, including one conference championship. He refereed the Saints-49ers playoff game last month. Parry did not work any games involving the Giants or Patriots this season.

Joining him on Sunday's crew are umpire Carl Paganelli, head linesman Tom Stabile, line judge Gary Arthur, field judge Gary Cavaletto, side judge Laird Hayes, and back judge Tony Steratore.

The replay assistant is Larry Nemmers, a former NFL referee, and the video operator is Lou Nazzaro.

Overall, the crew has 94 years of NFL officiating experience and has worked 69 postseason games.

The highest-rated eligible officials at each position are selected to work the Super Bowl. They must have at least five years of NFL experience and previous playoff assignments.


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