Mike Carey

Mike Carey (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

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.

Mike Carey
Mike Carey

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.

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Axcil Jefferies

Axcil Jefferies

Axcil Jefferies is an 18-year-old Zimbabwean who has been competing in motorsport for twelve years.

Axcil Jefferies
Axcil Jefferies

He was the second African racer to compete in the FIA Formula Two Championship after Ricardo Teixeira. He started his motorsport career at age 6 in Zimbabwe and went on to win several National championships in Zimbabwe and South Africa before moving to Europe in 2007 and 2008 winning races in the European Karting Championship.

In 2013 Jefferies made his debut in the American Firestone Indy Lights series with Bryan Herta Autosport at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and finished seventh. He competed again two months later at the Houston race and finished fifth. In 2014 Jefferies competed in The Indy Lights Mid Ohio Honds 200 event finishing 6th on Saturday and 4th on the Sunday Race. He also made his debut in GP2 in Bahrain, showing strong pace in race one he was unfortunately punted by Japanese driver Kimya Sato and forced to retire; with Saturdays final positions determining Sundays starting grid Axcil jefferies had to start from the back of the grid and again put in solid performance making up several positions.

He was appointed a UN AIDS Ambassador for the “Protect The Goal” Aids awareness campaign racing with UN AIDS livery on his race car and race suit, and also serves as a Childline Zimbabwe Goodwill Ambassador.