/NFL has 1st female replay official, more leeway to celebrate

NFL has 1st female replay official, more leeway to celebrate


AP

Published 5:49 p.m. ET July 14, 2017 | Updated 6:00 p.m. ET July 14, 2017

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Terri Valenti always enjoyed football as a little girl, but never dreamed then of being in the NFL. That became her goal only after officiating games for the first time in 1999.

Valenti this season will be the NFL’s first female instant replay official in the booth, moving into that position two years after Sarah Thomas became the league’s first full-time official on the field.

“I didn’t know what was involved, how long the road would be, how hard it would be, or if I would ever get there,” Valenti said Friday at the NFL’s annual officiating clinic. “To be here at…

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