NFL official Bill Leavy, who has been at the Seattle Seahawks facility the past few days working with the rest of his crew, addressed reporters here this afternoon to go over the new rule changes for the upcoming season.
Before we got started, Leavy made a surprising statement, admitting to getting two calls wrong during the Super Bowl in 2006, a 21-10 Seattle loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
One of those calls, of course, was the clipping penalty called on Matt Hasselbeck on making a tackle after throwing an interception. Sean Locklear’s holding call as the Seahawks were going in for a score also has been questioned since the 2006 game.
Here is Leavy’s statement:
“It was a tough thing for me. I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game and as an official you never want to do that. It left me with a lot of sleepless nights and I think about it constantly. I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better. I know that I did my best at that time, but it wasn’t good enough. When we make mistakes, you got to step up and own them. It’s something that all officials have to deal with, but unfortunately when you have to deal with it in the Super Bowl it’s difficult.”
Leavy, an NFL official since 1995, has not worked a game in Seattle since the 2006 Super Bowl.