Shannon Eastin Makes NFL History
She's the first woman to officiate a regular-season game
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 9, 2012 2:05 PM CDT
Shannon Eastin, center, works with fellow officials during an NFL preseason football game between the San Diego Chargers and the Green Bay Packers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

(Newser) – Shannon Eastin has made NFL history. Eastin was the line judge in today's St. Louis Rams-Detroit Lions game, making her the first woman to be an official in a regular-season game. She is among the replacement officials hired by the league while the regular officials are locked out. Replacement officials are working games for the first time in 11 years. The only time her pony tail could be seen was during the national anthem, after which she tucked it under her cap and got ready to work.

The 42-year-old resident of Tempe, Ariz., has worked as a referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference—college football's second-highest level—and has 16 years of officiating experience. MEAC officials declined comment on Eastin, as did the NFL in the days leading up to the groundbreaking assignment. "Commenting on individual officials is not something we do," league spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an email. "Her place in league history speaks for itself."

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Sep 10, 2012 2:12 PM CDT
Sep 10, 2012 1:27 AM CDT
The only history i want to hear about when it comes to women is when they are forced to register for selective service like men are
Sep 9, 2012 9:26 PM CDT
it's just worthless entertainment. who cares? Eileen Collins was someone to get excited about. Rosa Parks was someone to be excited about. This woman just calls penalties on a football field. How about we have a new first...first year people wake up and realize they are wasting their lives by watching other people (people they don't know) run back and forth on a field while guzzling down beer and chips.