RIP: Art McNally

RIP: Art McNally
02 Jan
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A year after he became the first official to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Art McNally passed away at 97.

You cannot tell the story of officiating without the name of Art McNally.  Considered to be the “Father of Modern Officiating”, McNally began his NFL career in 1959 as a field judge, and would be a referee from 1960 to 1968.  Afterward, McNally would become the supervisor of officials, and he modernized the role through extensive training.  In 1986, McNally brought in instant replay, and helped to bring modern technology to the role.  McNally, was a consultant up until seven years ago.

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the fans, friends and family of Art McNally.

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