Few figures are more despised in the annals of Seahawks lore than Bill Leavy. Leavy was the head official of Super Bowl XL, a game marred by bad officiating. He was at Seahawks training camp on Friday. Leavy was there to discuss rule interpretations, but also served as an official during scrimmages. Few Seahawks fans noticed Leavy, despite him twisting his gaunt figure into the unmistakable symbol for a holding penalty.
Leavy took a moment to issue an unsolicited apology for his mistakes.
It was a tough thing for me. I kicked two calls in the fourth quarter and I impacted the game, and as an official you never want to do that. It left me with a lot of sleepless nights, and I think about it constantly. I’ll go to my grave wishing that I’d been better … I know that I did my best at that time, but it wasn’t good enough … When we make mistakes, you got to step up and own them. It’s something that all officials have to deal with, but unfortunately when you have to deal with it in the Super Bowl it’s difficult