History to be made with first female official
DETROIT — Regardless of the score between the Detroit Lions and the St. Louis Rams, history will be made at Ford Field today (Sunday).
Shannon Eastin will serve as line judge making her the first woman to be an official in an NFL regular season game. Eastin officiated a preseason contest between the Packers and Chargers.
The 42-year-old Eastin is entering her 17th season of football officiating, most recently for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The NBA broke the barrier with female officials in 1997 when Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner became first women to referee NBA games.
Eastin is part of the replacement crew filling in due to the labor dispute between the NFL and its game officials.
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