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Former Mississippi State baseball player to officiate Super Bowl

Former Mississippi State baseball player Brad Freeman has been an NFL referee since 2014 (Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics)

Mississippians continue to make their mark on NFL history, especially when it comes to officiating.

Just three years ago, Pascagoula native Sarah Thomas became the first female referee to officiate a Super Bowl. Now, another name known across the Magnolia State will be officiating the big game.

Brad Freeman, who actually played baseball at Mississippi State from 1995-98, has been selected as part of the Super Bowl LVIII crew. The Oxford native will serve as the back judge in the final and most important game of the 2023-24 season.

Freeman, an NFL official since 2014, will officiate the game alongside lead referee Bill Vinovich, umpire Terry Killens, down judge Patrick Holt, line judge Mark Perlman, field judge Tom Hill, side judge Allen Baynes, and replay official Mike Chase.

Super Bowl LVIII between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers will kick off on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. CT.

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