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By PFW staff

The NFL will trot out a veteran seven-man crew of officials on Sunday for Super Bowl XLVI.

Referee John Parry will lead the crew at Lucas Oil Stadium, where he will be assisted by umpire Carl Paganelli, head linesman Tom Stabile, line judge Gary Arthur, field judge Gary Cavaletto, side judge Laird Hayes and back judge Tony Steratore. The officating crew altogether has 94 years of NFL officiating experience and 69 playoff game assignments. Larry Nemmers will serve as replay assistant, while Lou Nazzaro will serve as the video operator.

As the head of the pack, Parry has substantial experience, including a stint as side judge during Super Bowl XLI. In his 12th season as an NFL game official, and his fifth as an NFL referee, Parry has officiated nine playoff games in his career.

Under the NFL officiating program's evaluation system, the highest-rated eligible officials at each position earn the right to work the Super Bowl, so long as they have at least five years of NFL experience, as well as previous playoff assignments.

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