Former NFL Referee, Sports Personality
Bob McElwee graduated from the US Naval Academy where he was linebacker on Navy’s Sugar Bowl Championship team of 1955. Bob officiated for 42 years, 27 years in the National Football League. He headed the officiating crew for Super Bowls XXII, XXVIII, XXXIV, and has officiated NFL football in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, and in Dublin. Bob is past President of the Professional Football Referees Association.
He received, along with Senator Bill Bradley, the Outstanding Citizenship Award by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association for contributions to the leadership development of the youth of New Jersey. Bob was the recipient of the 2004 Humanitarian Award from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association, the Gold Whistle Award in 2004 and the inaugural Award from the National Football League for professionalism both on and off the field. Bob was named “Man of the Year” by the National Football League Referees Association for 2008.
Bob was Commissioner for ABC, NBC, and ESPN Super Star television events, working with many of the world’s top Olympic and professional athletes.