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Ron Torbert is the referee for Super Bowl LVI

Football Zebras has confirmed that Ron Torbert will be the referee for Super Bowl LVI in Inglewood, Calif., at SoFi Stadium.

Torbert, 58, is in his 12th season and 8th as referee. This is Torbert’s 10th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs and 6 Divisional Playoffs. This is his first Super Bowl assignment. Torbert was the referee for the 49ers-Packers Divisional Playoff last Saturday.

Torbert is an attorney from Hanover, Md., who began officiating in 1989 at the high school level in Michigan. After working up the small college ladder, he worked one year in the Mid-American Conference, followed by four years in the Big Ten Conference. Torbert worked in NFL Europe for the 2007 season, and was hired by the NFL in 2010. He was promoted to referee in 2014 along with Craig Wrolstad following the retirements of Scott Green and Ron Winter.

A referee must have at least 5 years of seniority, worked 3 years at the referee position, and worked a playoff game as a referee in a previous postseason. The other members of the Super Bowl crew must have a Conference Championship game on their résumé — or qualified for 3 of the last 5 postseasons — in addition to being at least a 5-year veteran.

Torbert, umpire Bryan Neale, and side judge Keith Washington will be working the Super Bowl for the first time in their careers. Down judge Derick Bowers will be working his second Super Bowl, and line judge Carl Johnson, field judge Rick Patterson, and back judge Scott Helverson will be working their third Super Bowl each.

Yrs2021 crewCollegeOccupation Prev. PlayoffPrev. SB
R62Ron Torbert12 Michigan Stateattorney3 WC, 6 DIV 
U92Bryan Neale8SmithIndianasales consultant4 WC, 2 DIV, 2 CC 
DJ74Derick Bowers19NovakEast Centralsales representative8 WC, 5 DIV, 2 CCXLIII
LJ101Carl Johnson18HusseyNicholls Stateretired sales manager, former full-time official3 WC, 8 DIV, 3 CCXLII, LIV
FJ15Rick Patterson26AllenWoffordbanker8 WC, 8 DIV, 3 CCXXXVII, XXXIX
SJ7Keith Washington14TorbertVirginia Military Instituteprogram financial analyst2 WC, 4 DIV 
BJ93Scott Helverson19KempIowasales, printing and promotions6 WC, 5 DIV, 4 CCXLII, XLV
RO Roddy Ames4HillColby Collegeattorney2 DIV 
RA Sean McKeeNFL centralized replay command center0LV
ALTRBill Vinovich16 San Diegocertified public accountant3 WC, 5 DIV, 6 CCXLIX, LIV
ALTUPaul King13ClarkNichols Collegeteacher3 WC, 1 DIV, 3 CC 
ALTDJEd Camp22HochuliWilliam Patersonphysical education teacher4 WC, 7 DIV, 2 CCLIII
ALTLJGreg Bradley13HochuliTennesseechemical engineer2 WC, 1 DIV 
ALTFJAaron Santi7RogersSouthern Oregonmiddle school principal2 WC, 3 DIV, 1 CC 
ALTSJJonah Monroe7BogerArkansasengineer1 WC, 2 DIV, 1 CC 
ALTBJGreg Steed19RogersHowardcomputer systems analyst4 WC, 3 DIV, 3 CCXLIV, LIV
ALTROMark Butterworth5VinovichWalshnon-profit COO2 WC, 2 CC 

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Cameron Filipe
Cam Filipe is a forensic scientist from Massachusetts and has been involved in football officiating for 11 years. Cam is in his third season as a high school football official. This is his eighth season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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4 thoughts on “Ron Torbert is the referee for Super Bowl LVI

  1. Terrible choice. Tolbert heavily influenced the outcome of Chiefs-Bengals week 17 game: in the 2nd half, the Bengals had six penalties that resulted in first downs, four eventual scoring drives stopped by KC on third or fourth down converted by a defensive penalty, and the Chiefs were called for five penalties on the Bengals final two drives. Now KC has a chance of having the Super Bowl officiated by the same man?

  2. This is a crew with 116 years of total experience, while 3 of the 4 members will be working their first SB.
    i) Can you comment how these numbers compared with crews from previous SBs?
    ii) Long wait for FJ Rick Patterson since his previous SB.

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