East Texan part of Super Bowl LII officiating crew

GLADEWATER, Texas (LNJ) - Gladewater native Byron Boston will work his third Super Bowl Sunday as a line judge for Gene Steratore's officiating crew.

Boston, 66, has previously worked Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000 and Super Bowl XLII in 2008.

NFL rules strictly prohibit Boston from commenting about his job during the season.

The 1969 Gladewater graduate played wide receiver at Austin College in Sherman. It was after his playing days concluded that Boston was first introduced to officiating.

Working his way up from the ground floor, Boston advanced from pee wee football, to junior high and into high school officiating. Boston eventually landed a spot in the now-defunct Southwest Conference and worked six years there before getting the call to advance to the NFL in 1995.

Boston said the biggest challenge of being an NFL official is putting all the distractions in the back of your mind. Speed of the game is probably the greatest difference between the college game and pro game, Boston said. He adds it all centers around focus and concentration on game day.

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