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Former NFL referee Terry McAulay of Howard County joins NBC Sports as rules analyst

Former NFL referee Terry McAulay of Howard County joins NBC Sports as rules analyst
Terry McAulay has left the NFL to join NBC Sports as an on-air rules analyst. (Matt Kartozian, USA Today Sports)

Terry McAulay, the former NFL referee who lives in Glenwood, will be joining NBC Sports as on-air rules analyst for Sunday Night Football and Notre Dame games, the network announced Wednesday.

McAulay, who was the referee for three Super Bowls, recently retired from the NFL after 20 years as a game official, including 17 as a referee. He also worked 15 additional NFL playoff games, including nine conference championship games.

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The 59-year-old McAulay will be on-site at Sunday Night Football and Notre Dame games, and be in the broadcast booth during the game and the studio set for pregame and halftime appearances. If rulings are a hot topic the morning after games, he will also appear on Pro Football Talk with Mike Florio on NBC Sports Radio and NBCSN.

After moving to Howard County to work for the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, McAulay refereed high school games — mostly in Howard and Anne Arundel counties — between 1982 and 1993. Raised by his mother in Hammond, La., he earned money officiating games while in high school, working beside older refs. It helped him pay to attend LSU.

McAulay is the third referee to retire and join a network as a rules analyst over the past week. Jeff Triplette has joined ESPN and Gene Steratore will work for CBS.

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