San Francisco, C.A. - Boris Cheek is one of only two referees from North Carolina and the only one from Charlotte who worked Super Bowl 50. We caught up with him on FaceTime from San Francisco.
"This is what every official, every team, every player strives for every year - to be the best at what we do. Working a Super Bowl is clearly an accomplishment. I never get tired working Super Bowls if I get the chance," said Cheek.
This was the Cheek’s second Super Bowl. He was one of the longest-serving referees on the Super Bowl 50 crew.
"I was a field judge in the game. I've been a field judge in the NFL for 20 years. My role is to rule on catches and passes in my area, in my zone," said Cheek.
One call that disappointed many Panthers fans Sunday night was a pass in the first half that referees ruled incomplete. Cheek defended the calls he and his fellow made.
"It was reviewed. We have various camera angles that we look at to determine if the call on the field was the correct call. In that situation, we deemed that what was called on the field could not be reversed. There was nothing within the review process that showed the call should be otherwise. Simple."
Whether you agree with the call or not, Cheek says he feels the Panthers loss.
"Losing always hurts. From day one, the Panthers had a goal to get to the super bowl. I think they'll be back. I really do," said Cheek.
Boris Cheek says he still remembers the first professional football game he officiated: August 3rd 1996.
He says one of his favorite parts of being at Super Bowl 50 was actually off the field where he says he met Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.