It’s the largest number of African American officials in the league’s premier game.
When the Kansas City Chiefs made their Super Bowl appearance in 1966, there were no African American officials on the field. Officiating was yet another position deemed off limits for black people, besides free safety, middle linebacker, center and, of course, quarterback.
When Kansas City takes on San Francisco on Sunday in Super Bowl LIV, a global audience will see the dramatic transformation, one that speaks to progress, pressure and the power of diversity.
Each team will have rosters full of black players Eric Bieniemy offensive coordinator. The Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, is African American.
The most dramatic change is that five of the seven game officials are black, the largest number on a Super Bowl officiating crew.
The selection of five black Super Bowl officials was not a reaction to the recently competed head coach cycle in which no African American head coaches were hired.