Gerald Austin, a veteran National Football League official from Greensboro, is scheduled to make his first Super Bowl appearance Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers face the Denver Broncos at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
Austin's appointment was announced at Wednesday's weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Greensboro by club president Elmer C. (Bucky) McCoy. Austin is a member of the club.The NFL will not officially release the roster of seven Super Bowl officials and two alternates until today. Contractual terms require them to refrain from comment about their selection and the experience until after the Feb. 4 Pro Bowl.
Austin, who is regularly employed as associate superintendent of the Guilford County schools, is ending his eighth season as an NFL side judge.
The officials for the game are selected because they have scored highest in a season-long grading process conducted by five supervisors. They receive $7,500 plus expenses and a Super Bowl ring for working the game. Alternates are paid $3,750 and do not receive a ring.
An official with Austin's experience is paid $1,400 for regular-season games. Playoff games pay $5,000 for officials and $2,500 for alternates.