Corrente to referee Super Bowl

Updated: January 31, 2007, 2:56 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Brothers will officiate in the Super Bowl for the first time Sunday, with umpire Carl Paganelli and back judge Perry Paganelli working the game between the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.

Tony Corrente will referee his first Super Bowl. Corrente is concluding his 12th season in the league. He was the alternate referee for last year's game worked by Bill Leavy, and has worked six playoff games..

Carl Paganelli is in his eighth NFL season and has worked six postseason matches. His brother is in his ninth year and has also done six playoff games.

Also on the officiating crew are head linesman George Hayward, line judge Ron Marinucci, field judge Jim Saracino and side judge John Parry. The Super Bowl officiating crew collectively has 73 years of NFL experience and 52 combined postseason game assignments.

Mark Burns will be the replay assistant, working his second Super Bowl. Jeff Triplette, Butch Hannah, Carl Johnson, Buddy Horton and Rich Reels will serve as alternate officials, Triplette as the backup referee.

Super Bowl officials are assigned according to a season-long evaluation system. Each must have five years of NFL experience and worked previous playoffs.


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