This year for me football isn’t going to be just about the game, but also about Shannon Eastin. Now I know you have no idea who this woman is, but Thursday night she is going to make a huge splash in the National Football League world.
On Monday the NFL confirmed that Eastin will become the first female to officiate an NFL game. Her first game – the Green Bay Packers and San Diego Chargers Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on Aug. 9 and will be broadcast on ESPN. What a huge stage!
This isn’t Eastin’s first time officiating, she has been a referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and other leagues. The catch 22 here is that Eastin is only seeing the NFL field because current referees are engaged in a labor dispute, and she’s being brought in as a replacement referee, but a referee nonetheless.
Honestly does it really matter how you got to the dance, all that should matter is that you got there and you look fabulous.
Eastin should not only be feeling the huge pressures of getting her job right Thursday night, but also what this step could mean for the future of women in the world of officiating NFL games. This can could go two ways…She could do an amazing job and get accolades, praise and start looking forward to her next game assignment. Or, this could be a horrible fail and will only increase the voices of male executives and fans touting that women should not be allowed on the field.
For no other reason than to support Shannon Eastin, will be watching Thursday night. Who knows that could be my next calling in life.
Good luck Shannon!
Your Jersey Girlfriend,