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Report: Mike Carey will work as referee for Patriots-Jets

Mike Carey will work Thursday’€™s Patriots-Jets game as the referee, according to our friends at FootballZebras.com [1].

Carey, in his 23rd season as an NFL official, is considered one of the most well-respected refs in the league. (In a 2008 poll of head coaches conducted by ESPN, he was tied for first with Ed Hochuli [2].) A former running back at Santa Clara University, Carey is a co-owner of Seirus Innivation, a company that manufactures ski and snowboarding gloves.

Thursday will mark his first Patriots game of the 2012 season, but he has become a relatively familiar face for New England fans over the last few seasons. According to Pro Football Reference, he worked a pair of Patriots’€™ regular-season games last year (at Pittsburgh and Denver). He was also the lead ref for Super Bowl [3] XLII between New England and New York.

For more on Carey’€™s background and tendencies as an official. check out his page at Pro Football Reference [4].