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For the first time ever, a member of the Cherokee Nation will be on the Super Bowl officiating team.
A teacher and coach at Wickliffe Elementary School, Jerrod Phillips, 48, was selected to represent Arizona as the down judge official for Super Bowl LVII on February 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. The officiating crew has the most combined Super Bowl experience since 2000 and was chosen utilizing standards such as season-long performance.
Phillips was chosen for The Big Game for the first time. He spent 14 years as a teacher at Grove, Oklahoma, and the past two years at Wickliffe in Salina, where he also coaches basketball.
"Citizens of the Cherokee Nation continue to achieve success in a wide range of positions and fields around the globe, including the world of professional sports. "Jerod Phillips is yet another example of the limitless potential and ability that Cherokees possess," said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.
in a social media post. Phillips started officiating amateur sports in 1993 and eventually worked his way up to the professional ranks in the NFL by 2016. The Cherokee Nation is incredibly proud of Jerrod for being the first representative of the group to appear in a Super Bowl. This is only one of the numerous successes he has already achieved in his distinguished professional career.