Steve Freeman, a former defensive back at Mississippi State, will be the back judge for Sunday’s Super Bowl between Denver and Seattle.
Freeman, 60, played safety for 12 NFL seasons (1975-86), all but the last with the Buffalo Bills. He joined the NFL as an official in 2001 after having previously worked SEC football games and in NFL Europe.
Freeman lives in Oxford.
At MSU, he was the team leader in interceptions in 1973 and 1974. His son, Brad, played on two College World Series teams (1997, ’98) at MSU and is now an SEC field judge.
A 16-year NFL veteran referee, Terry McAulay, will lead the seven-man crew. It will be McAulay’s third Super Bowl.