First NFL female official not intimidated
Replacement ref will work Green Bay Packers game
SAN DIEGO — The NFL’s first female official is excited, a bit nervous and not at all intimidated by the challenge of working a pro game.
Shannon Eastin makes her NFL debut on Thursday night as the line judge when the Green Bay Packers play at San Diego in the preseason opener for both teams. A 42-year-old referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference — college football’s second-highest level — Eastin has 16 years of officiating experience.
Packer players said they look forward to being a part of history.“I would assume it’s someone who’s qualified out there,” said defensive back Charles Woodson. “You know that we won’t have to jump all over you know, for making bad calls. We look forward to it.. That’s just the way things are and the way they should be.”
“Good for her,” said defensive back Tramon Williams. “Anytime you can open up the game to male and female, it just shows how far the game has come, so, good for her like I said.”
She is among the replacement officials hired by the league while the regular officials are locked out.