Referee McAulay retires from the NFL

Terry McAulay (77) became the first NFL referee to work three Super Bowls with less than five years of experience.Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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Terry McAulay has retired as a referee from the NFL, league senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron announced on Thursday.

McAulay became the first NFL referee to work three Super Bowls with less than five years of experience. He worked in Super Bowls XXXIX, XLIII and XLVII.

The 59-year-old McAulay joined the NFL as a side judge in 1998 and became a referee three years later.

McAulay is the third official to retire after the 2017 season, joining Jeff Triplette and Ed Hochuli.

Riveron announced that Shawn Smith will take McAulay’s place on the league’s roster of officials. Smith has spent the last three years as an umpire.

Shawn Hochuli and Alex Kemp replaced the elder Hochuli and Triplett, respectively.

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