SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) -- You may have seen him grace the screen a time or two during March Madness this year. Longtime college referee Roger Ayers was back in town tonight at the Roanoke Valley Sports Club to shine a little light on what the job is really like.
Ayers shared the story of how he came to be a referee in the Atlantic Coast Conference, starting out right here in the high schools of Roanoke, Virginia. Since then, he has had the privilege of working in two final fours.
Even with his fair share of rough go's, Ayers says standing on that court five months out of the year is still a dream come true.
"I can't wait to get back on the court, and believe it or not, for some crazy reason, I can't wait to get booed. Because it means the season is finally here. I just missed a call and 20,000 people are booing me outta here? Now, I'm in my element. Now, I feel at home. Because I pinch myself. I'm standing out in front of all these people holding the game ball going, 'I'm holding this. This whole crowd is watching me right now.' I came from Roanoke, Virginia and now I'm getting to work in great arenas all over the country. It's an amazing journey and I want to keep going," Ayers said.