Super Bowl Official Hails From Albemarle County


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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- An Albemarle County man will have a much better seat than most of us for the Super Bowl.

In fact, Dave Wyant won't be sitting at all.

In the small community of White Hall, inside the store that has been in his family for generations, Wyant remembers his first days as a referee.

"It was the end of my first year of officiating, I was at Waynesboro High School. Cold, gray day, late November. Cold as it could be. I thought I'd freeze to death," said Wyant.

That, and countless cold games since have served as good preparations for Wyant as he will serve as side judge for the Super Bowl.

Unlike past years, when the game was played in warm climates, Sunday's high temperature at MetLife Stadium is expected to be in the 30s.

"But that's not bad. I've experienced this year like 9 degrees and had like four games at the end of the season in cold weather. So I'm prepared for the cold," said Wyant.

He has been in the NFL since 1991 and after working 20 playoff games in 23 years, he is no stranger to the big stage.

"I think the worst games you ever work are when you only have about ten people, like when I used to do basketball. You have ten in the stands, you hear everything they say. You get a big crowd, you don't know what anybody's doing, they're just hollering," said Wyant.

When MetLife Stadium is filled on Sunday, Wyant is planning to be at the top of his game.

"The thing we can most strive for is to be excellent," said Wyant.

Wyant will fly to New Jersey Thursday.

After officiating two Pro Bowls, two conference championships and now this, Wyant said he might hang up the whistle after Sunday.


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