It will be history in the making Thursday night as for the first time in NFL history, a woman will officiate the contest between the San Diego Chargers and the Green Bay Packers.
All eyes will certainly be on Shannon Eastin, who has officiated games for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, when she works the sidelines for the preseason opener.
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When asked about the impact of a female official, the Chargers spoke glowingly about what it means for both the sport and the advancement of gender equality.
“It’s historic,” said head coach Norv Turner during his daily press conference following Monday’s practice. “I’m excited about it. It’s going to be different, but the league has done a great job getting the refs ready.”
His team echoed those sentiments.
“I think it is massive,” said
Charlie Whitehurst, Antoine Casonand Larry Englishall returned to practice. Antonio Gateswas dominant during one-on-one drills in the red zone, scoring a touchdown during each attempt.
- Gates also made a beautiful one-handed left handed grab to snatch the ball out of the air.
- Not to be outdone,
Malcom Floydfollowed that up later with a one-handed catch of his own in the middle of the field. Brandon Taylorslapped the ball away from the receiver on an in-route to prevent a touchdown at the goal line. Melvin Ingramcontinued to be a disruptive force, once again exploding past the line of scrimmage to stop the ball carrier in the backfield. Mike Williemade a strong adjustment on a deep ball to cradle in a diving catch along the sideline. Eric Weddleintercepted a pass on 4th-and-4, and returned the ball to the house. Ryan Mathewshurdled numerous lineman on the ground for a big gain up the middle. Philip Riversconnected with Robert Meachemon a 4th-and-8 to end practice.