NFL V.P. of Officiating Carl Johnson told Jane McManus of ESPN.com that he expects to hire a female official for the league.
Though Johnson doesn’t publicly evaluate potential referees he stated that several women are currently under consideration to be hired, and that he expects to hire one to officiate in the NFL. “We have some in our pipeline, and I expect we’ll see it soon,” Johnson said. WEEI.com
Let me be clear. I am not misogynistic or sexist. I love women and everything about them. The people who think women aren’t on the same playing field as men are morons (but in some cases are right). But with that being said, women in the NFL is backwards. NFL officials go through a training process that is thorough, detailed, and at times can be grueling. The NFL expects their officials to be perfect in every facet of the game. They are hardened so they can take the obscene and barbaric trash talk that occurs on NFL fields every Sunday. Because lets be honest, NFL trash talk is unlike any other sport. Officials have to ignore and shake off the horrendous things they hear every game. And if women are officiating these games, you can bet the Bar Mitzvah money sexist and derogatory comments will be made towards them.
There aren’t technical fouls in the NFL, so coaches and players have a much longer leash. And when you have a 6’5 worked up monster with a long leash, it can create an uncomfortable situation…especially for a woman. All I’m saying is that women haven’t been exposed to anything like the NFL. It’s a different breed of athletes that are stronger and faster than any other sport.
If woman want to ref NFL games, fine. I don’t have any issue with it. I just hope the NFL doesn’t change their rules or alter the game because of them.