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Super Bowl XLV: Walt Anderson Named Referee

Walt Anderson, a 15-year veteran with 13 games of playoff experience, has been named by the NFL as referee for Super Bowl XLV Sunday between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers. Anderson was line judge in Super Bowl XXXV between the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens. He has worked three conference championships, two divisional playoffs and seven wild card games.

The other members of the Super Bowl XLV officiating crew are Chad Brown (umpire), Kent Payne (head linesman), John Hussey (line judge), Doug Rosenbaum (field judge), Mike Weatherford (side judge) and Scott Helverson (back judge). The crew collectively has 77 years of NFL officiating experience and 53 combined playoff game assignments.

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.