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Jim Quirk out as executive director of NFL Referees Association


LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 31: NFL Umpire Jim Quirk talks to defensive linemen Grady Jackson #75 and Aaron Kampman #74 of the Green Bay Packers as teammate Cletidus Hunt #74 looks on during a breain in game action against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on October 31, 2004 in Landover, Maryland. The Packers defeated the Redskins 28-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jim Quirk;Aaron Kampman;Grady Jackson;Cletidus Hunt

Doug Pensinger

The union representing NFL officials is looking for a new leader.

As first reported by, former on-field official Jim Quirk is out as the executive director of the NFL Referees Association. PFT has confirmed that Quirk will not continue in the position.

Several reasons have been identified for the move. Ben Austro of explains that Quirk did not have a “hard edge” in dealing with the league. Austro also makes a point that repeatedly has come up regarding Quirk: His son works as a back judge in the NFL, and some perceive that Quirk hasn’t been aggressive as he could be or should be because he doesn’t want the NFL to retaliate against his son.

As one source told PFT, Quirk’s public comments in the aftermath of the Panthers-Giants game regarding the manner in which referee Terry McAulay’s crew handled the situation contributed to the move. McAulay quit the union in the aftermath of Quirk’s statement that the officials “should have been a lot more judicious in their attempts to get things under control.” Quirk also said, “I wish it had been handled different.”

The union’s business will now be handled differently moving forward, with someone else taking over the role of guiding the union.

UPDATE 12:27 p.m. ET 4/9/16: The NFLRA disputes the report that Quirk is leaving the position of executive director.