SRU Good News for Feb. 3, 2012
SRU graduate officiates Sunday’s Super Bowl
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Tom Stabile, a 1968 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and 1972 master’s degree recipient, will indirectly represent his alma mater at Sunday's Super Bowl XLVI game when he serves as head linesman.
The National Football League Championship Game featuring the New England Patriots and the New York Giants game will be played in Lucas Oil Stadium.
Stabile is a 1997 SRU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.
A resident of Natrona Heights, Stabile earned the prestigious field honor by being selected as one of the top three head linesmen in the NFL. He will be part of an “all-star” crew of officials led by head referee John Parry, a 12-year NFL official.
Working championship events is nothing new for Stabile, who has worked one Pro Bowl game, one NFL conference championship game, three divisional playoff games and five wild-card playoff games during his 17-year NFL officiating career. A year ago, he officiated in the Pro Bowl.
He prepared for Sunday's prime-time event by being part of a crew headed by head referee Scott Green that officiated two Sunday Night Football games telecast by NBC-TV and one Monday Night Football game televised by ESPN.
Prior to becoming an NFL official in 1995, Stabile worked numerous Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League championship games in football, basketball and baseball.
He was a 2010 inductee into the WPIAL Hall of Fame in recognition of his long involvement in the league as a student-athlete, coach, teacher, administrator and contest official.
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