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By Mark Gaughan

Former Buffalo Bills defensive back Steve Freeman has been named to the crew of officials that will work Super Bowl XLVIII.

Freeman, who played for the Bills from 1975 to 1986, is the back judge for the game. The referee is Terry McAulay. Officials must be rated at the top tier of their positions to be eligible.

Freeman, 60, is in his 13th season as an NFL official. He has worked eight playoff games in his career but this will be his first Super Bowl. Freeman played 178 regular-season games for the Bills, which still ranks as the seventh most in team history.