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Shawn Smith
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Shawn Smith with a coin flip (Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants, 2018)
OccupationNFL official (2015–), author

Shawn Smith is a National Football League (NFL) official. He wears uniform number 14. He entered the league in the 2015 season as an umpire, and was promoted to referee for the 2018 season, following the retirements of Terry McAulay and Gene Steratore. Smith becomes only the sixth African-American referee in NFL history, following Johnny Grier, Mike Carey, Jerome Boger, Don Carey and Ronald Torbert.[1]

Outside of his NFL duties, Smith works as an internal auditor in Southfield, Michigan.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Filipe, Cameron (June 21, 2018). "Umpire Shawn Smith promoted to referee position". Football Zebras. Retrieved June 21, 2018.