A First For The Super Bowl Officiating Crew

Mike Carey will head the officiating crew for Sunday's Super Bowl between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, making him the first black referee at the NFL's showcase event.

The NFL confirms an Associated Press report from two weeks ago that Carey will head the crew, which also includes two other black officials, line judge Carl Johnson and field judge Boris Cheek.

The rest of the crew consists of umpire Tony Michalek, head linesman Gary Slaughter, side judge Larry Rose and back judge Scott Helverson. Ken Baker will be the replay assistant.

Carey is in his 18th season as an NFL official. He was the alternate referee in the 2002 Super Bowl between the Patriots and the St. Louis Rams. He also was the referee of the first game between the Giants and Patriots. New England won the regular-season finale 38-35 to wrap up an unbeaten regular season.