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Longtime NFL Official Has Died At 62

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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: A detailed view of an NFL shield logo painted on the field before the game between the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field on November 24, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Buccaneers defeated the Lions 24-21. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Detroit Lions/Getty Images)

The NFL world was hit with saddening news this morning. A longtime game official passed away on Thursday night.

Wayne Mackie, a longtime NFL game official, died suddenly at the age of 62 on Thursday night.

Mackie was a member or the NFL Officiating staff. He was well respected in the industry and known as one of the nicest men in football.

We send our heartfelt condolences to Mackie's family and friends during this difficult time.

"Tragic news: Wayne Mackie, a longtime NFL game official and member of the NFL Officiating staff, died suddenly last night at age 62. Known as one of the kindest, nicest, most genuine men in football, Mackie was among the NFL's best and served as head linesman for Super Bowl 50," Tom Pelissero tweets.

Wayne Mackie specialized in finding ways to improve the NFL's officiating. He was often tasked with watching games from Art McNally GameDay Central. His purpose was to identify new training methods for officials.

“Wayne is excellent at communicating and managing the NFL’s highly motivated officials in identifying evaluation and training needs, both real-time during the season as well as ongoing development in the offseason,” said Troy Vincent, executive vice president of football operations, back in 2019, via AndScape.com.

The NFL has lost a great official and well-known industry expert. We wish his family and friends all the best during this tragic time.