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Bill Vinovich is the referee for Super Bowl LVIII

Vinovich earns 3rd Super Bowl assignment, Perlman and Hill will retire on top



Football Zebras has confirmed that Bill Vinovich will be the referee for Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas.

Vinovich, 62, is currently in his 18th season and 15th as referee. Super Bowl LVIII will be Vinovich’s 19th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs, 7 Divisional Playoffs, and 6 Conference Championships. This will also be Vinovich’s third Super Bowl assignment. Vinovich was the referee for Super Bowl XLIX following the 2014 season and Super Bowl LIV between the Chiefs and 49ers following the 2019 season. Vinovich was the referee for the Buccaneers-Lions Divisional Playoff last Sunday.

UPDATE: This will be the first time there is a rematch of Super Bowl participants with a referee that officiated another Super Bowl between those two teams.

Vinovich is a certified public accountant from Lake Forest, Calif. Vinovich also served as a supervisor of NFL officials for 5 seasons; a position he held while sidelined from on-field officiating due to a near-fatal heart condition.

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 received on-field assignments in 3 of the last 5 postseasons) in addition to being at least a 5-year veteran.

Umpire Terry Killens and down judge Patrick Holt will be officiating the Super Bowl in their first year of eligibility. To work a Super Bowl, an official must have at least 5 years of service, and Killens and Holt are each in their 5th season. This is the first time since Super Bowl XXXIX where two 5th-year officials were assigned to the Super Bowl, when Carl Paganelli and Tony Steratore matched that feat.

Killens is the first person to play in and officiate a Super Bowl as a linebacker for the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV. He had one tackle on special teams. Two other officials played a pre-Super Bowl championship game and officiated a Super Bowl: umpire Ron Botchan had 6 championship rings, 5 from officiating Super Bowls and one as a linebacker for the 1961 AFL Champion Houston Oilers; and umpire George Young 6 as well, as a defensive end for the A.A.F.C. and NFL Cleveland Browns and officiating Super Bowl I. (Second-year umpire Mike Morton is the only official to have a Super Bowl ring as a player; he is not eligible to officiate a Super Bowl yet.)

Line judge Mark Perlman and field judge Tom Hill will be working their final games on the league’s biggest stage, as they have already planned to retire at the conclusion of this season. This is the second time in Super Bowl history that multiple officials will be retiring following an on-field Super Bowl assignment — field judge Scott Steenson and side judge Dave Wyant retired after working Super Bowl XLVIII a decade ago.

      Yrs 2023 crew College Occupation Prev. Postseason Prev. SB
R 52 Bill Vinovich 18   San Diego certified public accountant 3 WC, 7 DIV, 6 CC XLIX, LIV
U 77 Terry Killens 5 Hochuli Penn State campus security specialist FORMER NFL PLAYER 1 WC, 3 DIV  
DJ 106 Patrick Holt 5 Hochuli North Carolina State IT manager 3 WC, 1 DIV  
LJ 9 Mark Perlman 23 Vinovich Salem teacher 7 WC, 12 DIV, 4 CC XL, XLIII, XLIX
FJ 97 Tom Hill 25 Blake Carson Newman retired teacher/coach 9 WC, 4 DIV, 10 CC XL, XLIX, LII
SJ 56 Allen Baynes 16 Hussey Auburn realtor 5 WC, 5 DIV, 4 CC  
BJ 88 Brad Freeman 10 Clark Mississippi State sports park director 5 WC, 4 DIV, 2 CC  
RO   Mike Chase 7 Kemp Arizona State senior portfolio manager 3 WC, 3 DIV LIV
RA   Jack Persampire Football Ops SUNY-Cortland NFL coordinator of football analytics 0  
ALT R Shawn Smith 9   Ferris State finance 5 WC, 1 DIV, 2 CC  
ALT U Barry Anderson 17 Torbert North Carolina State builder/developer 5 WC, 5 DIV, 2 CC LIV
ALT DJ Dana McKenzie 16 Blakeman Toledo claims adjuster 5 WC, 3 DIV, 4 CC XLIX
ALT LJ Tim Podraza 16 Hochuli Nebraska business performance consultant 7 WC, 3 DIV, 2 CC  
ALT FJ Nate Jones 5 Cheffers Rutgers firefighter/EMT FORMER NFL PLAYER 2 WC, 2 DIV, 1 CC  
ALT SJ Anthony Jeffries 6 Rogers Alabama-Birmingham medical sales 1 WC, 3 DIV, 1 CC  
ALT BJ Greg Wilson 16 Martin USC retired police officer 8 WC, 2 DIV, 1 CC  
ALT RO Tyler Cerimeli 5 Hochuli Arizona State high school officials coordinator 1 WC, 3 DIV  

Image: Designed by Ben Austro; Patrick McDermott/Getty Images /  © K.C. Alfred/ZUMA Press Wire

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