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Gary Lane
No. 16
Born:(1942-12-21)December 21, 1942
Wood River, Illinois
Died:June 27, 2003(2003-06-27) (aged 60)
St. Louis, Missouri
Career information
AFL draft1965 / Round: Red Shirt 2 / Pick: 16
Drafted byBuffalo Bills
NFL draft1965 / Round: 9 / Pick: 125
Career history
As player
1966–1967Cleveland Browns
1968New York Giants
1970Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL)
Career stats

Gary Owen Lane (December 21, 1942 – June 27, 2003) was an American football quarterback and American football official.

Playing career

After graduating from East Alton-Wood River High School in Wood River, Illinois in 1961, Lane played college football at the University of Missouri from 1963 to 1966 and later in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons with the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants from 1966 to 1968.[1] He also played one season in the Canadian Football League for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1970.

As an official

Following his playing career, Lane was an official in the NFL for 18 seasons from 1982 to 1999, serving as a side judge (1982-1991, 1998-1999) and referee (1992-1997). Lane was promoted to referee after Tom Dooley retired.

He retired prior to the start of the 2000 NFL season after failing a physical. As an official, Lane was assigned to Super Bowl XXIII in 1989 and Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999 (both in Miami Gardens, Florida) and wore the uniform number 120. He was also the referee of the famous "Fake Spike" game in 1994 where Dan Marino faked a spike against the New York Jets and threw the winning touchdown pass at Giants Stadium.

Volunteer work

During the last three years of his life, Gary returned to his alma mater of East Alton - Wood River High School in Wood River, Illinois, and donated many hours as an assistant football coach; contributed his own funds to a scholarship program in his name; and served as a mentor for many of the football players during those years.

Death and legacy

Lane died unexpectedly in 2003 due to a heart attack. The Gary Lane Foundation, a youth program, has been established in his honor.


Lane's son-in-law is former Major League Baseball catcher and current Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny.


  1. ^ "Gary Lane NFL Football Statistics". Retrieved 2013-11-30.