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Former Bill on Super Bowl officiating crew

Posted by Chris Brown on January 17, 2014 – 11:13 am

Earlier this week the NFL named the officiating crew for Super Bowl XLVIII and a former Bills safety will be the back judge for the big game in a couple of weeks.

Former Bills safety Steve Freeman was named the back judge for head referee Terry McAulay’s Super Bowl crew. Freeman has been an NFL official for 13 seasons and has officiated eight playoff games.

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.

Freeman played 12 seasons for the Bills (1975-1986) appearing in 178 games with Buffalo where he recorded 23 interceptions, returning three of them for touchdowns.

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