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Terry McAulay

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Terry McAulay
Terry McAulay at Super Bowl 43.jpg
McAulay at Super Bowl XLIII
Nationality  United States
Occupation NFL official (1998–2018)

Terry McAulay is a former American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 1998 NFL season, and Coordinator of Football Officials for the American Athletic Conference since 2008, when the conference was known as the Big East Conference.

McAulay is most notable for working six conference championship games as referee since 2001, and three Super Bowls: Super Bowl XXXIX, Super Bowl XLIII, and Super Bowl XLVIII.[1][2]

For the 2017 NFL season, McAulay's officiating crew consists of umpire Steve Woods, down judge Jerry Bergman, line judge Carl Johnson, field judge Michael Banks, side judge Jonah Monroe, and back judge Rich Martinez.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Raised in Hammond, Louisiana, McAulay is a graduate of Louisiana State University[4] with a degree in computer science. Beginning in 1982, McAulay was a software programmer for the National Security Agency. He retired in 2008.[5]

Officiating career[edit]

Early years[edit]

McAulay's football officiating career began in 1976, including many years at the high school level in Howard County, Maryland. Prior to joining the NFL, McAulay was a referee in the Atlantic Coast Conference from 1994 to 1997, and was the referee for the BCS National Championship Game at the Miami Orange Bowl in 1998.

NFL career[edit]

McAulay began his NFL officiating career in 1998 as a side judge on Walt Coleman's crew and worked the 2000 NFC Championship game, which was his last game at that position before he became a referee for the 2001 NFL season. He wore uniform number 77. Coincidentally, McAulay wore the same number and originally worked at the same position that was vacated by Mike Pereira, who served as the NFL's Vice President of Officiating from 2001 until February 2010.

He was the first referee to work a Super Bowl with fewer than five seasons experience as a referee when he was the crew chief for Super Bowl XXXIX, which came at the end of his fourth season as a referee.

"Bottlegate" incident[edit]

McAulay was the referee in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 15–10 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 16, 2001 which ended with a display of unruly fan behavior. The Browns wide receiver Quincy Morgan caught a pass for a first down on 4th and 1 as they were driving toward the end zone looking for the winning score. The Browns then ran another play, which would normally prevent the completed pass from being reviewed. Despite this, citing a "malfunction of the replay system",[6] McAulay reviewed the catch and determined that Morgan never had control of the ball. The pass was called incomplete and the Jaguars were awarded the ball. However, fans in the "Dawg Pound" began throwing plastic beer bottles and other objects at players and officials. McAulay then declared the game over and sent the teams to the locker rooms. NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue called the game supervisor to override McAulay's decision to end the game prematurely, sending the players back onto the field after a thirty-minute delay, where the Jaguars ran out the last seconds under a hail of debris.


On June 21, 2018 McAulay retired from the league to take the rules expert job for NBC Sports.[7] He is being replaced by umpire Shawn Smith.[8]


  1. ^ "BIG EAST Coordinator Of Football Officials Terry McAulay To Referee 2009 Super Bowl". Associated Press. 2009-01-28. Archived from the original on February 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  2. ^ Brinson, Will (January 15, 2014). "NFL names Terry McAulay referee for Super Bowl XLVIII". CBS Sports. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Officiating crews for the 2017 season". 13 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Ref Terry McAulay heads Super Bowl crew". United Press International. 2005-02-03. Archived from the original on February 5, 2009. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  5. ^ "Super Bowl referee Terry McAulay whet his whistle calling local high school games". Baltimore Sun. 2014-01-31. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  6. ^ FRN - Florida Radio Network (26 July 2015). "Bottlegate" – via YouTube. 
  7. ^ Seifert, Kevin (June 21, 2018). "Terry McAulay retires; third official to step away from NFL this offseason". Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  8. ^ Alper, Josh (June 21, 2018). "Terry McAulay retires, Shawn Smith promoted to referee". NBC Sports. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 

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