- Art McNally
Art McNally is a former Director of Officiating for the National Football League (NFL) from 1968 to 1990. Before becoming Director of Officiating, McNally served as a field judge and referee in the NFL for nine years from 1959 to 1967. During a 22 year span, he officiated over 3,000 football,
baseball, and basketballgames, which included one year in the National Basketball Association(NBA).
McNally is a native of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniaand a graduate of Temple Universityin Philadelphia. McNally was a teacher and coach in the Philadelphia school district until his appointment as the NFL's Supervisor of Officials in 1968. As NFL Director of Officiating, McNally headed a department of five men who coordinated and directed a staff of 112 game officials. He was responsible for the scouting, screening, hiring and grading of the seven man crews that work each NFL game. He was succeeded by Jerry Seemanin 1990.
After retiring as Director of Officiating, McNally accepted the position as Supervisor of Officials for the
World League of American Footballin December 1991, a position he held for the 1992 season, but continued to serve as a League Consultant and Game Observer thereafter.
McNally returned to the NFL front office in 1996 to work as an Assistant Supervisor of Officials, a position he currently continues to serve in.
Accomplishments and honors
*Oversaw the first
instant replaysystem in the NFL beginning with the 1986 season. This system was used until the conclusion of the 1991 season.
*Enshired to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, 1987.
*First recipient of the Gold Whistle Award, National Association of Sports Officials, 1988.
Paul Tagliabuecreated the Art McNally Awardto annually honor an NFL game official who exhibits exemplary professionalism, leadership and commitment to sportsmanship on and off the field. This award is presented at the Pro Bowlin Hawaii, 2002.
*Recipient of the Reds Bagnell Award, Maxwell Football Club, 2004.
* [http://www.footballofficialscamp.com/staffbios/mcnally_art.htm Art McNally - NFL] Football Officials Camps, LLC. (Accessed
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