Former NFL referee Bill Leavy dies at 76

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Bill Leavy, a former NFL referee best known for officiating Super Bowl XL between the Steelers and Seahawks, has died. He was 76.

Via, Leavy died Tuesday. He retired from officiating after the 2014 season. He thereafter accepted a supervisory role in the NFL’s officiating department.

Leavy served as the referee in two Super Bowls. In addition to Super Bowl XL, he also handled Super Bowl XXXIV, between the Titans and Rams.

It was Super Bowl XL that made Leavy the subject of scrutiny and derision, among Seattle fans. In 2010, he admitted that it wasn’t an ideal performance.

It was a tough thing for me,” Levy said at the time. “I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game and as an official you never want to do that. It left me with a lot of sleepless nights and I think about it constantly. I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better. . . .

“I know that I did my best at that time, but it wasn’t good enough. When we make mistakes, you got to step up and own them. It’s something that all officials have to deal with, but unfortunately when you have to deal with it in the Super Bowl, it’s difficult.”

Leavy’s final game as an official happened in the 2014 postseason, a divisional-round win by the Colts over the Broncos.

We extend our condolences to Leavy’s family, friends, and colleagues.

11 responses to “Former NFL referee Bill Leavy dies at 76

  1. I’m happy he admitted that poor officiating led to that Pitt win. Something everyone except Steeler fans already knew, though.

    This does make it official, New England will now be treated as the franchise with the most Super Bowl wins.

  2. RIP, one of those faces that I have seen most of my life in the game I love, and when you hear refs talk about the struggles they deal with after making the wrong call, it’s what makes sports great is the human element, it helps knowing that they care a lot too. He did something not a lot of people do which was REF Superbowls. I can’t even imagine, you have to be a million times more nervous then the players, not an easy job. One of those jobs that when know one knows your name it’s a good thing, because your rarely celebrated for anything.

  3. Lol officials impact all Super Bowls (just happened)its not their fault they’re doing what they’re instructed to do

  4. Personally I appreciate when officials admit they screwed up. I wish more would do it.

  5. To be clear he only said two calls in the 4th quarter. One was in a hit from Hasselbeck AFTER he through an interception. Steelers won by 10 and his calls or non calls had little effect. I hope he got over it nothing was his fault. May he rest in peace.

  6. The man died. Let’s forget about the mistakes and celebrate the man, his success, and his family. (And I’m Seahawk fan.)

  7. He owned his mistake, and as a Seahawks fan I respect that. Rest in peace. I hear God is a football fan. Cheers to the man!

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