The NFL confirmed today that for the first time in history a woman will officiate a NFL game. On Thursday night when the Green Bay Packers meet the San Diego Chargers, Shannon Eastin will make history.
Eastin has officiated Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games in the past. She has won six national judo championships and was the youngest athlete to ever train at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
The Tempe, AZ resident will get a chance to officiate since the NFL is using replacement officials while the regular officials are on strike. The first preseason game of the year, the Hall of Fame game played on Sunday night between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals, was played with replacement officials with little disruption.
I think it is great if women get a chance to break into a male dominated field because of this strike. I hope Eastin has a great game as an official to open doors for more women to officiate male sports.
The game can be seen on ESPN at 7pm central standard time.