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NFL's first female official 'a little nervous' and plenty excited about preseason game

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) talks with referee Craig Ochoa (73) during the third quarter of the Hall of Fame exhibition football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 in Canton, Ohio. The Saints won 17-10.(AP Photo/Scott Galvin)
August 07, 2012 - 4:04 PM

The NFL's first female official is excited, a bit nervous and not at all intimidated by the challenge of working a pro game.

Shannon Eastin makes her NFL debut on Thursday night as the line judge when the Green Bay Packers play at San Diego in the preseason opener for both teams. A 42-year-old referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference — college football's second-highest level — Eastin has 16 years of officiating experience.

She is among the replacement officials hired by the league while the regular officials are locked out.

Eastin understands she is a pioneer, and is unafraid of delivering a message to women who want to follow her path. She says with "every step I hope to show it really doesn't matter if you are male or female."

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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