African-American Mike Carey is a retired American football official, who was one of two senior referees in the NFL, and became the first African American referee to be designated as referee of a Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLII). He is a respected official in the NFL for his thorough pre-game preparation, professional demeanor, and fair play.
On June 24, 2014, Carey resigned from the NFL and joined CBS Sports as an analyst for its Thursday night and Sunday broadcasts. He provides rules analysis, interpretation and rules explanations from the game site, as well as the NFL Network’s studios in Culver City, California on Thursdays and from The NFL Today set in New York on Sunday.
Carey is also the co-founder of Seirus Innovation, a privately held company that manufactures ski and snowboarding gloves, face protection, and other cold-weather accessories. He is an inventor who owns or shares eight ski apparel patents, including “Cat Tracks,” a device which he created at age 30 to slip over the sole of a ski boot to provide increased traction when walking.