Lower Makefield Native, NFL Hall of Famer, Remembered for His Contributions to Football

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The local official was renowned in the world of football.

One of football’s biggest names, who was also a Bucks County resident for many years, is being remembered for his contributions to the sport. Staff writers for the Associate Press and the Bucks County Courier Times wrote about the local man.

Art McNally, a well-known football executive and recent addition to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, passed away on Jan. 1. A longtime resident of Lower Makefield, McNally has served at the National Football League’s director of officiating from 1968 to 1991.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, McNally graduated from Temple University before becoming a field judge and referee in the NFL from 1959 to 1967. In 2022, he was the first game official to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

“Art McNally was an extraordinary man, the epitome of integrity and class,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

“Throughout his distinguished officiating career, he earned the eternal respect of the entire football community. Fittingly, he was the first game official enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. But more importantly, he was a Hall of Fame person in absolutely every way.”

Read more about McNally’s career in the Bucks County Courier Times.

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