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Longtime referee Terry McAulay retires from the NFL

By The Sports Xchange
Longtime referee Terry McAulay retires from the NFL
Former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath (L) and New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms (C) share a moment with referee Terry McAulay (R) before the official coin toss between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos at Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

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.

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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 Triplette, respectively.

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