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Carl Cheffers leads officials named for Super Bowl LI

By The Sports Xchange
Carl Cheffers leads officials named for Super Bowl LI
Former Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman (R) shakes hands with head linesman Kent Payne (L) and referee Carl Cheffers before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Soldier Field in Chicago on September 8, 2013. UPI/Brian Kersey | License Photo

Carl Cheffers was named the referee on the seven-man crew selected to work Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5 when the Atlanta Falcons face the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium in Houston, the NFL announced Wednesday.

Cheffers is in his 17th season as an NFL game official. He entered the league in 2000 as a side judge was promoted to referee in 2008. He has served as the alternate referee for Super Bowl XLIX and as an alternate official for Super Bowl XLII.

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Joining Cheffers for the upcoming Super Bowl are Dan Ferrell as the umpire, Kent Payne as head linesman, Jeff Seeman as line judge, Doug Rosenbaum as field judge, Dyrol Prioleau as side judge and Todd Prukop as back judge.

Tom Sifferman will be the replay official for the group, which has 93 years of experience and 64 playoff games as NFL officials.

Under the NFL officiating program's evaluation system, officials must be rated in the top tier at their position to be eligible for the Super Bowl. They must have at least five years of NFL experience and previous playoff assignments.

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Cheffers, Ferrell, Prioleau, and Prukop are officiating in their first Super Bowl. Payne and Rosenbaum worked Super Bowl XLV and Seeman officiated Super Bowl XLIV.

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