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John Parry (American football official)

John Parry (born c. 1965) is an American football official in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2000 NFL season.[1] Parry officiated Super Bowl XLI in 2007 as a side judge on the crew headed by referee Tony Corrente.[2] Following this game, he was promoted to referee for the 2007 NFL season following the retirement of Bill Vinovich due to health issues.[3] He wears uniform number 132.[4]

John Parry
Bornc. 1965 (age 53–54)
Nationality United States
OccupationNFL official (2000–present)

Parry is a native of Michigan City, Indiana and a graduate of Michigan City Rogers High School.[5] Currently, Parry is a resident of Akron, Ohio; he is also an associate Financial Advisor for Ameriprise Financial in suburban Tallmadge.[6] His father, Dave Parry, was the Supervisor of Officials for the Big Ten Conference, and the side judge in Super Bowl XVII.[3]

Parry was the referee of Super Bowl XLVI, which was held February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.[7] This was his second Super Bowl as an official, and first as referee.

Parry's 2018 NFL officiating crew consists of umpire Mark Pellis, down judge David Oliver, line judge Julian Mapp, field judge Matt Edwards, side judge Michael Banks, back judge Perry Paganelli, replay official Jimmy Oldham, and replay assistant Roddy Ames.[8]

Parry worked the New England Patriots-Philadelphia Eagles preseason game in 2014 and part of his crew, serving as head linesman, was one of the first female NFL officials, Maia Chaka.[9]

Parry was the referee of the 2015 Pro Bowl.[10]

Parry's crew officiated the 2016 AFC Wild card game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals, which was filled with injuries and personal fouls on both sides,[11] and which sportswriter Mike Freeman later called "one of the dirtiest and ugliest contests in the modern era of the sport".[12]

John Parry made his second Super Bowl appearance as a referee being elected to officiate Super Bowl LIII.[13][14]


  1. ^ Volin, Ben (August 4, 2007). "NBA ref scandal 'a wake-up call'". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved September 3, 2007.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Corrente to referee Super Bowl". Associated Press. January 31, 2007. Retrieved September 3, 2007.
  3. ^ a b "Ask the Official". Inside Football. August 12, 2007. Archived from the original on July 24, 2008. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  4. ^ Buchmasser, Bernd (January 24, 2019). "Super Bowl 53: John Parry will be the referee for Patriots vs. Rams". Pats Pulpit. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Super Stage". The News-Dispatch. February 14, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  6. ^ John Parry, Associate Financial Advisor with the practice of Keith Lucas – Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Super Bowl XLVI - New York Giants vs. New England Patriots - February 5th, 2012". Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  8. ^ staff, Football Zebras (July 6, 2018). "Officiating crews for the 2018 season". Football Zebras. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "Troy Vincent on Twitter". Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Austro, Ben (January 25, 2015). "John Parry heads 2015 Pro Bowl crew". Football Zebras. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  11. ^ Wesseling, Chris. "Steelers narrowly escape Cincinnati with win". NFL Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  12. ^ Freeman, Mike (January 10, 2016). "Disgraceful Bengals Loss in Ugly Playoff Could Cost Coach Marvin Lewis His Job". Cincinnati: Bleacher Report, Inc. Retrieved January 10, 2016.
  13. ^ "NFL announces Super Bowl LIII officiating crew". Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  14. ^ "Super Bowl LIII - Los Angeles Rams vs. New England Patriots - February 3rd, 2019". Retrieved February 9, 2019.