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
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.
This might be the worst no call in NFL history. pic.twitter.com/KWPD4iwBbk
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) January 20, 2019
Sean Payton, Saints coach the NFL admitted that the refs on the field blew the call.
“Just getting off the phone with the league office … they blew the call.”
Sean Payton expressed his frustration at the missed pass interference called in his postgame presser. pic.twitter.com/S9RcBV3heP
— ESPN (@espn) January 21, 2019
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.
Gary Cavaletto, the ref who swallowed his flag on the infamous no-call benefiting the Rams, lives within 2 hours of L.A.. His crewmate Phil McKinnely went to UCLA and played for the L.A. Rams and Atlanta.
A question: could the NFL do more to avoid these optics at this stage?
— Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) January 21, 2019
One of the refs who blew the non-PI call during Rams / Saints is Phil McKinnely
McKinnely, a California native, not only played at UCLA … but also for the Los Angeles Rams in 1982!!!
BTW … His Wikipedia page has been updated pic.twitter.com/SlqKS58aTn
— ™️ (@TommySledge) January 21, 2019