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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–Present)

Terry McAulay is an 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.[1]

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.[2][3]

For the 2016 NFL season, McAulay's officiating crew consists of umpire Undrey Wash, head linesman Jerry Bergman, line judge Tom Stephan, field judge Rick Patterson, side judge Jonah Monroe, and back judge Rich Martinez.[4]


Raised in Hammond, Louisiana, McAulay is a graduate of Louisiana State University[5] with a degree in computer science. Beginning in 1982, McAulay was a software programmer for the National Security Agency. He retired in 2008.[6]

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 wears uniform number 77. Coincidentally, McAulay wears 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.

"Bottlegate" incident[edit]

McAulay was the referee in the Jacksonville Jaguars' controversial 15–10 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 16, 2001 which notoriously ended with a display of unruly fan behavior. The Browns were driving toward the east end zone for what would have been the winning score. Browns' wide receiver Quincy Morgan caught a pass for a first down on 4th and 1. After quarterback Tim Couch spiked the ball on the next play to stop the clock, McAulay announced that they were going to review Morgan's catch, saying that the replay official had buzzed him, indicating for a replay review, before Couch spiked the ball.[7] In reviewing the play, McAulay determined that Morgan never had control of the ball, thus the pass was incomplete, and the Jaguars were awarded the ball. However, fans in the "Dawg Pound" began throwing plastic beer bottles and other objects directed at and striking 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, 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.[7]


  1. ^ "Terry McAulay Named Coordinator Of Football Officiating". Big East Conference. 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2009-01-31. [dead link]
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ Brinson, Will (January 15, 2014). "NFL names Terry McAulay referee for Super Bowl XLVIII". CBS Sports. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
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  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Super Bowl referee Terry McAulay whet his whistle calling local high school games". Baltimore Sun. 2014-01-31. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  7. ^ a b "Fans get unruly about overturned call in final minute". Associated Press. 2001-12-16. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 

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