Maia Chaka is making NFL history after becoming the first Black woman to be named game official by the league.
According to NBC’s TODAY Show, Chaka got the call about the position on Monday and literally couldn’t believe it. “Just because I’ve been at it for so long and I just never thought the day would come,” she said.
The moment “didn’t really hit me until just now,” she continued. “At times we don’t take time to stop and smell our own roses.”
Chaka, who has been training with the NFL since 2014, said her new job is “an honor.” She says the best referees have to be patient, be able to listen “and you need to have the confidence on the field to make the call.”
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