Shannon Eastin Set to Become NFL's First Female Official
By: The Football Girl | Posted: August 06, 2012
History will be made Thursday night when Shannon Eastin becomes the first woman to officiate an NFL game. Eastin, who has most notably officiated in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, will work the Packers-Chargers preseason game that will be nationally televised on ESPN at 8 PM ET.
Eastin, a resident of Tempe, Arizona, is entering her 17th year as a football official. She was a world-class athlete in judo, earning six national judo championships and becoming – at age 11 – the youngest judo athlete ever accepted to train at the United States Olympic Training Center.
Former NFL referee Red Cashion has observed her work and is a fan. In an exclusive interview over the weekend, Cashion said “Shannon Eastin could officiate in the NFL” and that he “hopes all the replacement officials are as good as she is.”
Hopefully her entire crew is as solid as last night’s Hall of Fame crew, you know, the one we aren’t discussing today.
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