Phil McKinnely Biography, NFL Ref, No Call, Saints, Rams ,Stats


Phil McKinnely (Philip Byron McKinnely) is an NFL head linesman and former American footballer born on 8th July 1954 in Oakland, California.

He played as an offensive tackle for seven seasons in the National Football League (NFL) mainly for the Atlanta Falcons, and then in the United States Football League (USFL) for the Memphis Showboats and Birmingham Stallions.

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He was born on 8th July 1954 in Oakland, California (68 years as of 2022)

Career as Player

  • 1976–1980: Atlanta Falcons
  • 1981: Los Angeles Rams
  • 1982: Chicago Bears
  • 1984: Memphis Showboats

Samari Rolle

On 3rd December 2007, Samari Rolle accused Phil McKinnely of calling him ‘boy’ during a game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots. The alleged The alleged exchange occurred late in the game when the Patriots retook the lead with 44 seconds remaining.

Several penalties occurred in the closing minutes, including an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when Raven Linebacker Bart Scott picked up a penalty flag and threw it into the stands in frustration of hearing the banter of Rolle and McKinnely.

Rolle vented in the locker, after the game, to the reporters saying: “The refs called me a boy. No. 110 called me a boy, I will be calling my agent in the morning and sending my complaint.

I have a wife and three kids. Don’t call me a boy. Don’t call me a boy on the field during a game because I said, ‘You’ve never played football before.”

Phil McKinnely No Call

On 20th January 2019 during the NFC Championship Game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints a controversial call was made and hewas blamed for the errant no-call. The missed pass interference call helped the Rams into the Super Bowl.

Sean Payton, Saints coach the NFL admitted that the refs on the field blew the call.

Fans have come up with their conspiracy theory saying it was no coincidence since Southern California and another ref on the crew played for the LA Rams and Saints’ rival Atlanta Falcons.