Ron Torbert is all set to handle the first Super Bowl of his career
Super Bowl is the grand finale of the National Football League and it is a prestigious honor to be selected as the officiating personnel for the game. Hanover resident Ron Torbert has earned that honor and will now be the third black person to be the Referee for a Super Bowl.
It’s a signal of the changing times and how the push for equal representation in coaching and management is gaining momentum across various leagues all over the world. Ron has been with the organization for a long time and has earned his way to the grand stage.
The 12-year vet finally gets called up for the big leagues
Ron Torbert has been with the NFL since 2010. He was a lawyer before joining the organization and also is a Harvard Graduate. Even while working Ron was officiating at the high school and college level, he has more than 2 decades of experience there.
Ron decided to make the switch and started officiating for the league as a back and side judge. After 4 seasons and a ton of hard work, he was finally promoted to the position of referee, the leader of his crew in 2014.
In the NFL referees for the Super Bowl are selected on a league grading system used throughout the regular season. This season Tom and his crew have called lower penalties per game (1.74) than the league average and have been very efficient in their calls.
THE NFL often chooses Tom and his crew for post-game assignments like wild card games and divisional round games. However this time they have been chosen for the grand stage and will be officiating in the Super Bowl.
Ron was Humbled and labeled it as the biggest achievement of his career. Joining him in his crew will be umpire Bryan Neale, down judge Derick Bowers, line judge Carl Johnson, field judge Rick Patterson, side judge Keith Washington, back judge Scott Helverson, replay official Roddy Ames, and replay assistant Sean McKee.
Ron is confident in his ability and believes all of his time in the organization has prepared him for this moment. He will be hoping to carry a fair and controversy-free final for the fans as well as the players.
Where and How can we watch the Super Bowl?
The final will be held on the 14th of February between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams. The game will begin at 6:30 pm Eastern time. The broadcast will be live on the NBC and streaming will also be done on Peacock.
Apart from that, you can watch the game on NBC sports’ app and their website NBC sports.com. Both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams have surprise winners this time.
The Bengals overcame a huge deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-24, in the AFC Championship. Whereas the Rams survived against San Francisco through a fourth-quarter comeback. It will be very interesting to see which team will emerge out on top. We will surely be watching, Will you?