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Dave Wyant receives 2021 Art McNally Award

Former side judge Dave Wyant has been presented with the 2021 Art McNally Award.



Dave Wyant, former NFL side judge, has been presented with the 2021 Art McNally Award. He is the award’s 20th recipient. The Art McNally Award is named after the former head of officiating from 1968 to 1990 — and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 nominee. The award recognizes an official for “exemplary professionalism, leadership and commitment to sportsmanship on and off the field.”  The NFL began this award in 2002.

Wyant, an official in the NFL from 1991 to 2013, wore the number 16 throughout his entire career. Wyant earned 17 postseason assignments in his career, including 5 Wild Card Playoffs, 9 Divisional Playoffs, 2 Conference Championships, and his final NFL game, Super Bowl XLVIII. He served as the side judge on crews led by referees Gerry Austin, Dale Hamer, Walt Coleman, Larry Nemmers, Tom White, Bernie Kukar, Ron Winter, and Jeff Triplette.

After leaving the field, Wyant worked in the league office scouting college officials, eventually being named chief scout and director of officiating recruitment.

Wyant, 74, resides in Crozet, Va., and is the proprietor of The Wyant Store, a family-owned general store that has been in operation since 1888. For over 30 years, Wyant worked as a civil engineer.

Congratulations to Dave Wyant on this well-deserved honor.

2021 SJ 16 Dave Wyant 23
2020 HL 111 Earnie Frantz 21
2019 R 127 Bill Leavy 20
2018 U 110 Ron Botchan 22
2017 R 32 Jim Tunney 31
2016 R 9 Jerry Markbreit 23
2015 R 43 Red Cashion 25
2014 R 135 Pete Morelli 22
2013 FJ 106 Al Jury 28
2012 SJ-FJ 61 Dick Creed 21
2011 LJ 56 Ronnie Baynes 14
2010 BJ 17 Bob Lawing* 13
2009 BJ 122 Bill Schmitz 21
2008 R 63 Bill Carollo 20
2007 FJ 98 Bill Lovett 18
2006 R 20 Larry Nemmers 23
2005 R 34 Gerry Austin 26
2004 SJ 47 Tom Fincken 24
2003 LJ 117 Ben Montgomery 22
2002 R 95 Bob McElwee 27

*awarded posthumously

Cam Filipe is a forensic scientist and has been involved in football officiating for 12 years. Cam is in his fourth season as a high school football official. This is his ninth season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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