was an American football official
in the National Football League
(NFL) from 1975 to 1990 and was the NFL's Senior Director of Officiating from 1991 to 2001
, succeeding Art McNally
. In his 16 seasons in the NFL, Seeman was selected to officiate in 15 playoff games including two Pro Bowls
, and two Super Bowls
in 1989 and XXV
in 1991, and was an alternate referee for Super Bowl XIV
in 1980. He wore uniform number 70 for the majority of his career.
Seeman attended Plainview High School
in Plainview, Minnesota
where he was a stand out athlete in football
, and baseball
. Later, while attending Winona State University
in Winona, Minnesota
, he played quarterback for three years and played basketball for two years before graduating in 1957 with a degree in mathematics.
From 1963 to 1972, Seeman officiating high school football and basketball games in Minnesota
for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
(MIAC) and Wisconsin
for the Wisconsin State University College Conference. In 1972, Seeman accepted a position as referee in the Big Ten Conference
where he would stay until being hired by the NFL in 1975.
In his first year in the NFL, Seeman worked as a line judge before moving to head linesman and eventually referee, a position he held until the conclusion of the 1990 NFL season
His retirement from officiating in 1991 after serving as referee in Super Bowl XXV was prompted by being appointed to the Senior Director of Officating... Read More