History at a Jets game: Maia Chaka 1st Black woman to officiate NFL game


NFL line judge Maia Chaka looks on during the first half of an NFL preseason football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New Orleans Saints, Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Maia Chaka is making history Sunday, becoming the first Black woman to officiate an NFL game.

She is working as a line judge for the Jets-Panthers game.

Chaka said on the official NFL Instagram post before the game that “it’s a privilege that I’ve been chosen to represent women and women of color in the most popular sport in America.”

She is just the third on-field female NFL official, joining Sarah Thomas and Shannon Eastin.

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