Shawn Smith
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]

Smith's 2020 NFL officiating crew consists of umpire Bryan Neale, down judge Mark Hittner, line judge Bart Longson, field judge Dyrol Prioleau, side judge Dave Hawkshaw, back judge Dino Paganelli, replay official Mike Wimmer, and replay assistant Bill Ellis.[2]


  1. ^ a b Filipe, Cameron (June 21, 2018). "Umpire Shawn Smith promoted to referee position". Football Zebras. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  2. ^ Filipe, Cameron (June 3, 2020). "Officiating crews for the 2020 season". Football Zebras. Retrieved June 21, 2020.