Gerald Austin
American football official
Gerald Austin
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.
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Regardless of the Nov. 8 Results, Trump Voters Are Here to Stay
NPR - 6 months
The presidential race has shifted a big share of Ohio voters from their traditional political party alignments. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze talked with a long-time political consultant about the shifts he expects will continue after Nov. 8. Gerald Austin consulted primarily with Democratic campaigns, and now works with students from Brazil, India and Liberia who want a close look at national politics through Ohio’s eyes. He says what they’re seeing now is an energized group of Trump supporters. “Even if Trump loses, he’s got a following. Those people aren’t going away. Either these folks wind up taking over the party and they become the power, or the people who are supposedly at the head of the party have a way to have a big tent. I don’t know (which) because these people are mad. They’re not just mad about Democrats. They’re mad at their own party. " Austin says the Trump candidacy is shifting the political map within Ohio, turning blue-collar Democratic areas red and
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Clap For Her: Sarah Thomas Is Top Choice In NFL Officiating Program To Become The First Full-Time Female Referee!
Bossip - over 3 years
Change done came… NFL May Hire First Full-Time Female Referee With Sarah Thomas Via Yahoo!/GMA Sarah Thomas is on track to make history. The married mother of three and self-described tomboy is poised to become the first full-time referee for the NFL. After nearly 16 years of officiating grade school, high school and college football games, Thomas, 39, was discovered by a scout for the NFL. Sarah Thomas Ready for NFL’s Call Gerald Austin, a retired NFL official, recalled his conversation with the scout. “He called me one day and said, ‘I have an official that I think you need to look at,’” he said. “I said, ‘OK, Joe, what’s his name?’ And he says, ‘His name is Sarah.’ I said, ‘Sarah?’ He said, ‘Yeah, he’s a she.’” Thomas, a Mississippi native, is now one of 21 finalists in the NFL officiating development program. She’s a top contender for the next available slot, meaning she could shatter the glass ceiling and become the league’s first permanent female game officia ...
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Notes & Quotes for Sept. 6 - Canton Repository
Google News - over 5 years
Democratic consultant Gerald Austin, on Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandell, who is challenging Sen. Sherrod Brown. “We were expecting heavy rains. We were expecting flooding. We weren't expecting devastation. It looks like somebody set a bomb off
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Alberto Riverón, el cubano que cambió la historia en la NFL - Diario Digital Nuestro País
Google News - over 5 years
El debut de Riverón como juez titular del fútbol americano fue en 2008 tras el retiro de Gerald Austin y Larry Nemmers, aunque antes había estado tres años como árbitro de línea y otros 15 en las llamadas Conferencia de Estados Unidos y Big East
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Rising GOP star in Ohio a prime target for Dems - The Associated Press
Google News - over 5 years
Gerald Austin, a veteran Democratic consultant from Ohio, sees Mandel as brash and untested. "He's a wise guy," Austin said. "He's young and he thinks he can conquer the world. Everything he's done so far suggests maybe he can
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Debate Over New Fire Station - WENY-TV
Google News - over 5 years
"We're going to bring this up again next year and hopefully we'll get more support and the economy will get better...we're going to keep trying," said Board of Fire Commissioner, Gerald Austin. If the board wants to move forward despite some community
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Austin's Fowler has realized his NFL dream — as a referee - Austin American-Statesman
Google News - almost 6 years
The giants of the profession — Jerry Markbreit, Gerald Austin, and Red Cashion — often call him during the season. Being a football official has taken him to stadiums across the country and in Europe, but he hasn't forgotten his Austin roots,
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Suited for Stripes
NYTimes - over 7 years
Mike Henry could not get comfortable in his stance. He knew the line judge was watching him. This was only a scrimmage, but Henry, a 6-foot-5, 289-pound freshman lineman, was trying to move up the depth chart for the Tulane Green Wave. The whistle blew and a blur of black and white stripes came running his way. ''You need to get down, and stay
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From Cuba to N.F.L. For Hispanic Referee
NYTimes - over 8 years
Alberto Riveron was 5 when his mother, Irene Valdes, brought him here from Cuba, hoping for a better future that she could not quite imagine. Her first job was in a shoe factory, inserting insoles that read ''Made in Italy.'' But she spent most of the years supporting her only child by ironing and pressing at a dress factory. That is just another
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THE 2004 CAMPAIGN: THE SWING STATE; In Ohio, Unexpected Stumble from Kerry
NYTimes - over 12 years
It wasn't supposed to be like this. Everything seemed to be in place for a powerful run by Senator John Kerry in Ohio in the stretch drive after Labor Day. Al Gore lost the state by 175,000 votes in 2000, despite having pulled all his advertising early in October. Ohio has shed 250,000 jobs since George W. Bush became president. Rocked by scandals
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THE 2004 CAMPAIGN: OHIO; Trade and Jobs at Center Stage As Democrats Court Ohio Vote
NYTimes - about 13 years
In May, 2002, Representative Tom Sawyer, an eight-term Democrat, was handed a stunning primary election defeat by 28-year-old Tim Ryan in a district stretching from Akron to Youngstown. The major issue was trade. Some people in and around Ohio politics think Senator John Edwards of North Carolina has a fighting chance to do the same thing to
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PRO FOOTBALL; Patriots End Miami Drought In Overtime
NYTimes - over 13 years
PATRIOTS 19, DOLPHINS 13 In the New England huddle Sunday, with the Patriots and the Miami Dolphins deep into overtime and both sides fighting cramps and fatigue, quarterback Tom Brady turned to receiver Troy Brown and said softly, ''This is your play.'' Brady's words became prophetic as he waited, waited, waited, then unleashed a slant pass that
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Leaping Past Triumphs and Debacles
NYTimes - about 14 years
As the first African-American woman elected to the United States Senate, Carol Moseley Braun was instantly transformed in 1992 into a national symbol of progress. Black workers in the Capitol basement kept her photograph on their desks, and black cabbies honked hello. She finagled a seat on the lordly Finance Committee, and transfixed the Senate
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Sports of The Times; If Replay Is Going to Succeed, League Must Make It Problem Free
NYTimes - over 17 years
IT'S a familiar phrase in pro football: rookie mistakes. And when the National Football League season opens today, mistakes are sure to be made by its most controversial rookie: the new television replay system. ''I think the system is going to do what it's designed to do, change those game-breaking plays,'' Tony Dungy, the coach whose Tampa Bay
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Political Briefing; A Run for the Senate, Or a Brawl for It?
NYTimes - over 17 years
Although Mike DeWine, an Ohio Republican, easily won election to the Senate in 1994 and has since shown well in the polls, Democratic leaders have always considered his support thin. So when he helped lead the charge to remove President Clinton from office, the Democrats' hopes to oust him in Election 2000 rose, in good part because Mr. Clinton
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What if You're Having a Fund-Raiser and Not Too Many Come?
NYTimes - almost 20 years
THERE were 10 seats at Table 15. Nine of them were empty. This left Margaret Walsh sitting alone through the salmon course, the five before-dinner speakers and finally the filet mignon. ''I don't mind,'' she said, surveying the vacant chairs all around her. Still, by the time the waiters came around with white chocolate shells filled with berries,
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Sharpton Says No to Backing Ferrer
NYTimes - almost 20 years
Democratic efforts to present a united front in their campaign to unseat Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani have suffered another setback, as a second Democratic candidate says he will not necessarily pledge to support the winner of his party's mayoral primary. The Rev. Al Sharpton, one of four candidates in the race, said that if Fernando Ferrer, the Bronx
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Ferrer Enlists Former Adviser To Jesse Jackson
NYTimes - over 20 years
Fernando Ferrer, the Bronx Borough President, has hired the political consultant from Ohio who managed Jesse Jackson's Presidential campaign in 1988. The consultant, Gerald Austin, will manage Mr. Ferrer's mayoral campaign, aides said yesterday. The selection of Mr. Austin is potentially significant because of his familiarity with black leaders in
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Ohio, Which Picks Winners, Likes Clinton
NYTimes - over 20 years
As goes Ohio, so goes the nation. Well, not exactly, but close enough, at least in Presidential years. Since World War II, in one election after another, in good times and bad, Ohio has come as close as any state to mimicking the way the nation as a whole apportions its votes. It has gone with the loser only twice in the last 100 years, backing
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THE 1994 CAMPAIGN: OHIO; TV Makes Ohio Candidate, Then Turns and Hurts Him
NYTimes - over 22 years
Television spots are the miracle drugs of modern politics. They can make weak candidates strong and put hope into hopeless causes. But a television spot, as Joel Hyatt has discovered, can also be a sword with two sharp edges. With an expenditure of tens of millions of advertising dollars over the last decade, he built a national chain of storefront
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gerald Austin
    TWENTIES
  • 1997
    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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  • 1995
    He served as an alternate referee in 1995 at Super Bowl XXIX and in 1999 at Super Bowl XXXIII.
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  • 1990
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    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.
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  • OTHER
  • 1941
    Born in 1941.
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