McNally - NFL
Art McNally, Former Director of Officiating
for the National Football League, is a native of Philadelphia
and a graduate of Temple University. McNally was a teacher and
coach in the Philadelphia school district until his appointment
as the NFL's Supervisor of Officials in 1968.
McNally officiated over 3,000 football, baseball, and basketball
games during a period of 22 years. He also worked one year in the NBA and served
as a Field Judge and Referee in the National Football League for nine years.
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.
In 1987, he was elected
to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame,
In 1988 Art
became the first recipient of the National Association of Sports Officials "Gold
McNally retired at the end of March 1991 but in December of 1991, he accepted
the position as Supervisor of Officials for the World League for the 1992 season
and continued to serve as a League Consultant & Game Observer.
In 1996, McNally returned to the League Office to work as an
Assistant Supervisor of Officials during the football season and is continuing
in that capacity to the present.
In 2002 Commissioner
Tagliabue created the Art McNally Award to annually honor an NFL game official
who exhibits exemplary professionalism, leadership and commitment to
sportsmanship on and off the field. This award is to be presented at the Pro
Bowl in Hawaii.
In 2004, McNally was selected by the
Maxwell Football Club as the recipient of its' "Reds Bagnell Award".
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