Terry McAulay

Terry McAulay

McAulay at Super Bowl XLIII
Nationality  United States
Occupation NFL official (1998Present)

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

Early years

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

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

McAulay was the referee in the Jacksonville Jaguars' 1510 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. 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, 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]


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