It's a football player's dream to one day make the Super Bowl, and it's the same for referees. This year, that dream is coming true for Albemarle County resident David Wyant.
Wyant has been an NFL referee for 23 years and was told two weeks ago that he would be heading to work a Super Bowl for the first time.
"A lot of years you thought you were going to get it, and it didn't happen," Wyant says of getting the call recently. "This one, when it came, I saw the number on the ID and said, 'oh finally.' It was great."
Wyant will be the side judge in Suday's matchup between the NFC champion Seahawks and AFC champion Broncos. With one of the NFL's top offenses facing one of the league's best defenses, it expects it be a close, hard-fought game.
"You never know how things play out but I would say when you look at it on paper it'll be a tightly played ball game. It'll be right down to the last second, so we've got to work for the full sixty minutes," he says.
Wyant will leave for Super Bowl XVIII, which is being played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In the two weeks he's known about his assignment, he says the response from colleagues and friends has been overwhelming.
"I've had a lot of great friends that I officiated with and I've worked with their kids and grandkids, and even some of them, great grandkids. The things I've always tried to be is the same as those as I am in this. It's a bigger game, but the thing is to be consistent and fair."