Another barrier broken


Shannon Eastin: First female official in NFL regular-season game

Shannon Eastin is in the starting lineup, set to become the first female official in an NFL regular-season game.

The 42-year-old has been assigned to work the Rams-Lions game Sunday in Detroit, where she will be the line judge.

Of course, this historic moment comes courtesy of a labor disagreement between the regular officials and the NFL, which is using replacements to start the season, Eastin among them.

Eastin, who has 16 years of experience, including most recently with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, worked NFL exhibition games this summer, making her debut during the Packers-Chargers preseason game.

NFL and MEAC representatives didn’t want to comment on her abilities, but plenty of other people have, although NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did weigh in on the subject when it was first announced she would be a replacement.

“She’s well-prepared for it, and I think she’ll do terrific,” Goodell said. “So we’re excited about that. And there are more coming, by the way. We’ve been working along this path to try to properly train and prepare a female official, and now we have the opportunity.”

Eastin, who has a background in judo and owns a school that trains football officials, is taking the groundbreaking moments in stride.

“Knowing that I’m a female in a man’s world, I have always put the most pressure on myself,” she said earlier this summer. “I understand that pretty much everything I do is going to be magnified.

“I know what I signed up for.”


I know, I know – it’s not the same as winning the White House.

But progress is progress.


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7 Responses to Another barrier broken

  1. Captain Quark says:

    And we care about this because …..?

  2. DandyTiger says:

    Wonder if she’s as blind as all the other refs.

  3. insanelysane says:

    Probably just as important as winning the WH. Shattering any glass ceiling moves equality ahead immeasurably.
    I’m a gal in a guys profession and have been for over 3 decades. It was very different in the early 70’s. There weren’t many of us but we held our own.
    However, today, I see lots of women entering my field. Women’s collaborative groups and women heading large firms.

    I was once the exception, now I am the norm.

  4. thanks for putting this on myiq. It was nice to come home from working to see this…..

  5. wmcb says:

    Nice to have some good news on the woman front!

  6. gxm17 says:

    Thanks for posting this. Great news. And I love her attitude.

  7. foxyladi14 says:

    good news on the woman front!YIPPEE!!! 🙂

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