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Parry named Super Bowl ref

The NFL announced today that John Parry will serve as referee for Super Bowl XLVI between the Patriots and Giants.

Parry, in his 12th season as an NFL game official, served as the side judge in Super Bowl XLI. Promoted to referee in 2007, he has officiated nine playoff games -- one Super Bowl, one Conference Championship, six Divisional playoffs and one Wild Card game.

Under the NFL officiating program's evaluation system, the highest-rated eligible officials at each position earn the right to work the Super Bowl. Super Bowl officials must have at least five years of NFL experience and previous playoff assignments.

Parry did not work a Patriots game this season.