Clay Martin

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Clay Martin
Clay Martin at Falcons-bucs 2019 coin flip (cropped).jpg
Clay Martin at Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons (November 24th, 2019)
BornApril 1975
Pensacola, Florida
OccupationNFL official (2015–)

Clay Martin is a National Football League (NFL) official. He wears uniform number 19. He entered the league in the 2015 season as an umpire, and was promoted to referee for the 2018 season, following the retirements of Terry McAulay and Gene Steratore.[1]

Martin was born in Pensacola, Florida where his father, an officer in the United States Marine Corps, was stationed as a flight instructor after his return from Vietnam. Martin’s family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where Martin attended Tulsa Public Schools. Martin graduated from Nathan Hale High School where he was an All-State Football and Basketball player.

Outside of his NFL duties, Martin works as a high school basketball coach at Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma.[1] He also attended Oklahoma Baptist University where he played basketball for the Bison. Not only is he in the OBU Hall of Fame for his basketball accomplishments, he is also in the Tulsa Public Schools Hall of Fame for the same reasons. He is married to Shannon Martin and they have two kids: McKenzie, born in 2001, and Chase, born in 2003. Martin is a Christian.[2]

Martin's 2020 NFL officiating crew consists of umpire Fred Bryan, down judge Jerod Phillips, line judge Gary Arthur, field judge David Meslow, side judge Clay Reynard, back judge Greg Wilson, replay official Brian Matoren, and replay assistant Bob Hubbell.[3]


  1. ^ a b Filipe, Cameron (July 6, 2018). "Umpire Clay Martin is the NFL's newest referee". Football Zebras. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  2. ^ Pease, Joshua. "Clay Martin's faith and the challenging job of an NFL referee". Sports Spectrum. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  3. ^ Filipe, Cameron (2020-06-03). "Officiating crews for the 2020 season". Football Zebras. Retrieved 2020-06-21.