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]