Gerald Austin

Football Official

Dr. Gerald "Gerry" Austin is a retired American football official, who worked in the National Football League (NFL) from the 1982 season through the 2007 season. He wore uniform number 34, which is now worn by Clete Blakeman. Austin has officiated in three Super Bowls, one as a side judge and two as a referee.… Read More

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1941 Birth Born in 1941.


1978 37 Years Old Before joining the NFL, Austin served nine years as a basketball and football official in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He was assigned to officiate in the 1978 Liberty Bowl and the 1977 Orange Bowl.


1990 49 Years Old Austin began working in the NFL as a side judge where he officiated Super Bowl XXIV in 1990 before being promoted to the referee position beginning with the 1990 NFL season upon the death of referee Dick Jorgensen, who, coincindentally, was the referee in Super Bowl XXIV.


1995 54 Years Old He served as an alternate referee in 1995 at Super Bowl XXIX and in 1999 at Super Bowl XXXIII. … Read More
1997 56 Years Old Austin worked his first Super Bowl as a referee in 1997 at Super Bowl XXXI and his second appearance was at Super Bowl XXXV in 2001.
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