Posted by Andy Benoit
Congratulations to Walt Anderson. The veteran official has been announced as the referee for Super Bowl XLV.
Super Bowl assignments are based on merit. The league chooses the highest rated official among those who have at least five years of experience and have worked a playoff game. This will be Anderson’s second Super Bowl, though first as the top man in charge (he worked Super Bowl XXXV as a lines judge).
The other members of the Super Bowl XLV officiating crew are Chad Brown (umpire), Kent Payne (head linesman), John Hussey (line judge), Doug Rosenbaum (field judge), Mike Weatherford (side judge) and Scott Helverson (back judge). The Super Bowl XLV officiating crew collectively has 77 years of NFL officiating experience and 53 combined playoff game assignments.
It’s worth noting that Super Bowl crews are All-Star teams. In other words, it’s the highest rated official at each position, rather than the highest rated crew altogether. Critics of this formula have argued that All-Star crews are less effective because they have not honed their chemistry and teamwork throughout the season.
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