His playoff assignments show that the league acknowledges this.
The expanded system with more games started last year. He received a wild card assignment last year and this year because there were more games.
In the previous 10 years he did not get an onfield referee assignment in 9 of the years. In that one year he got a playoff game plus the Super Bowl. In that year, it was widely believed the league wanted him as Super Bowl referee no matter what his performance was. There was a lot of discussion of the league retroactively enhancing his performance records. A quote from one site.
“Boger was chosen to be the referee of Super Bowl XLVII, held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on February 3, 2013, only the second African-American to do so behind Mike Carey five years earlier. This caused several other NFL officials to question the leagues' officiating department's grading process, claiming that all of Boger's downgrades during the season were reversed.”
In terms of Black referees, the one who I think got screwed was Johnny Grier. He was one of the best referees in his time but never got a Super Bowl. It was rumored that he was not liked by league officials.
If I could go back in time and start as a recently minted healthy kid (my health disqualified me before entering HS), becoming a US Marine and then using the GI Bill would have been one of my very serious considerations.
While it's not the beaches of Camp Pendleton, Camp Lejeune (Jacksonville, NC) has change a lot over the years for the better since I checked into my first infantry battalion back in 2003.
Semper Fi from a fellow Marine
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