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AAC Claims Connections To Super Bowl XLVIII Participants

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Terry McAulay, the American Athletic Conference coordinator of football officials, will referee his third Super Bowl on Sunday. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images.
Terry McAulay, the American Athletic Conference coordinator of football officials, will referee his third Super Bowl on Sunday. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images.

Super Bowl XLVIII is filled with talent. And many of these people who will be taking part in the big game this Sunday have a role in the American Athletic Conference. (Some of the connections are looser than others.)

Terry McAulay, named Super Bowl referee earlier this month, is the AAC's coordinator of football officials. McAuley has been in charge of referees in the AAC since 2008, when it was the Big East.

McAuley also has officiated six conference championships, two other Super Bowls and a BCS championship game.

Denver cornerback Kayvon Webster is a South Florida graduate. Denver drafted Webster in the third round last April and he's made 41 tackles on the year with one interception and one forced fumble. He will have a big job on shutting down the Seahawks' slot receivers.

Seahawks tackle Breno Giacomini, a sixth-year player out of Louisville, will anchor the right side of Seattle's offensive line in the Super Bowl. He started the first nine games of the season before getting hurt.

Giacomini did return in the playoffs and will have a key role buying time for quarterback Russell Wilson and creating running lanes for Marshall Lynch.

Seattle outside linebacker Bruce Irvin has the fun job of covering Wes Welker and Knowshon Moreno. The second-year player out of West Virginia also will have to put pressure on Peyton Manning to make life easier for the Seahawks defense.

Irvin has 41 tackles on the year, including two sacks.