Cheffers will be lead referee for Super Bowl LVII

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Carl Cheffers, the NFL's second-longest-tenured referee, will serve as the lead referee for Super Bowl LVII in February, the NFL announced Tuesday.

NFL: Carl Cheffers will be lead referee for Super Bowl LVII 3:27 PM ET Kevin SeifertESPN Staff Writer Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 Carl Cheffers will serve as the lead referee for Super Bowl LVII, the NFL announced Tuesday. Cheffers received the prized assignment for the second time in three seasons and the third in the past seven years. He was also the referee in Super Bowls LII and LV. The league uses a variety of benchmarks for determining Super Bowl officials, including a season-long evaluation process as well as various seniority and eligibility requirements, including at least three credited seasons as a referee, at least five credited seasons as a game official and previous on-field postseason experience as a referee, not including the current season. Cheffers joined the NFL in 2000 as a side judge and was promoted to referee in 2008. He is the NFL's second-longest-tenured referee, behind Jerome Boger. The rest of the crew: Umpire: Roy Ellison Line judge: Jeff Bergman Down judge: Jerod Phillips Field judge: John Jenkins Side judge: Eugene Hall Back judge: Dino Paganelli Replay: Mark Butterworth Super Bowl LVII will be played on Sunday, Feb. 12, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.