For the first time in its history, the NFL will have a female official on a crew Thursday night.
Shannon Eastin, an official previously of the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference of the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision, will become the first woman to officiate an NFL game Thursday night when she is slated to be part of the crew calling the Green Bay Packers-San Diego Chargers preseason game.
Eastin’s historic debut will come as the NFL has moved to replacement referees as the league is locked in a labor dispute with its permanent officials.
The game will be televised on ESPN at 8 p.m.
Eastin’s athletic background is in judo, where she won six national championships. At 11-years old was the youngest athlete ever to train for judoÂ at the U.S. Olympic training Center.