Shannon Eastin becomes the first woman to referee an NFL game
A football referee made history last night by becoming the first woman to officiate an NFL game. Shannon Eastin served as the line judge for the San Diego Chargers’ 21-13 preseason victory over the Green Bay Packers, making her the first female referee in the NFL’s 97-year history. All went well on the night for Eastin, who was only selected because an ongoing dispute with regular referees meant the NFL had to draft in replacements. Wearing Number 27 on the back of her black-and-white striped uniform and with her hair tucked under her cap, Eastin seemed dwarfed by the players, but remained calm as she made history within the San Diego stadium.