A College Football Official Is Set to Become the First Female Referee in NFL History

A College Football Official Is Set to Become the First Female Referee in NFL History

Shannon Eastin has spent the last 16 years of her life working college football games in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Today, she serves as a crew chief in the conference. But, on Thursday night, she's set to make history. Because the NFL's regular referees are currently holding out for a better contract, Eastin has been tabbed to work the Packers/Chargers preseason game as one of the league's replacement referees. And, in doing so, she'll become the first female ever to officiate an NFL game.

"I believe I am ready," she said yesterday during a conference call. "I'm a realistic person and I know what is realistic for me. I am not going to play football. I feel it is realistic for me to officiate. I make myself ready for any opportunity that comes my way. I will come in with my eyes wide open."

As if you needed another reason to watch football on a Thursday night. You can check Eastin out tomorrow at 8PM/EST on ESPN.

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[via Shutdown Corner]

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