W MI native among Super Bowl officials

Back judge Perry Paganelli stands on the field as teams warm up before an NFL Football game between the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Arlington, Texas.

NEW YORK (AP) — Referee Gene Steratore will lead the seven-person crew of on-field game officials working the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The other members of the officiating crew for the Feb. 4 game are Roy Ellison (umpire), Jerry Bergman (down judge), Byron Boston (line judge), Tom Hill (field judge), Scott Edwards (side judge) and West Michigan native Perry Paganelli (back judge).

This is Paganelli’s second time officiating at Super Bowl. The first time was Super Bowl XLVIII (48); during that game, he worked alongside his brother Carl Paganelli, who has officiated the big game four times.

The crew has 127 years of NFL officiating experience and 101 combined playoff game assignments.

Steratore entered the league in 2003 as a field judge and was promoted to referee in 2006. He has officiated 11 playoff games, including two conference championships. He was the alternate referee for the 2010 Super Bowl.

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.

Paul Weidner is the replay official.

–24 Hour News 8 web staff contributed to this report.