Report: Clete Blakeman, who had role in Deflategate drama, will work as referee for Super Bowl 50

January 20, 2016 - 11:10 am

[caption id="attachment_105003" align="alignright" width="350"]Clete Blakeman has reportedly been named as the referee for Super Bowl 50. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) Clete Blakeman has reportedly been named as the referee for Super Bowl 50. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)[/caption] Crete Blakeman, who played a central role in a pair of Patriots' related controversies over the last year-plus, will serve as the referee for Super Bowl 50, according to In the eyes of New England football fans, two incidents have cast him in a poor light as an official. First, Blakeman was the alternate official for the 2014 AFC title game between the Patriots and Colts, and was mentioned prominently in the Wells Report as the official who took the air pressure measurements in the footballs before the game. In addition, he was the lead official in a 2013 Patriots-Panthers game where a disputed pass interference call at the end of regulation sealed a New England loss, one that caused quarterback Tom Brady to follow Blakeman off the field, cursing much of the way. Blakeman worked two regular-season Patriots' games this year: an October win over the Cowboys in Dallas and a December defeat against the Jets in North Jersey. According to, this is the first Super Bowl assignment for Blakeman. He has worked three wild card games and two divisional playoffs. He has been an official in the NFL for eight seasons, with six of them as a referee. For more on his work as an official, check out his page at Pro Football Reference. For more Patriots news, check out DraftKings DraftKings has your shot to play for FREE in the $1 Million Fantasy Football Contest THIS SUNDAY! First place takes home $100,000! FOR FREE ENTRY, CLICK HERE.