The NFL made some history on Friday.
The league announced that Maia Chaka was added to its roster of officials, becoming the first Black female official in NFL history.
“I am honored to be selected as an NFL official,” Chaka said in a statement. “But this moment is bigger than a personal accomplishment. It is an accomplishment for all women, my community, and my culture.”
Chaka previously was an official at the collegiate level, including the Pac-12 and Conference USA, as well as the now-defunct American Alliance of Football in 2019.
She was selected as part of the NFL’s officiating development program in 2014 as a means to transition from college to the pro level.
“Maia’s years of hard work, dedication and perseverance — including as part of the NFL Officiating Development Program — have earned her a position as an NFL official,” Troy Vincent Sr., NFL executive vice president of football operations, said. “As we celebrate Women’s History Month, Maia is a trailblazer as the first Black female official and inspires us toward normalizing women on the football field.”
Last month, Sarah Thomas became the first female official to work a Super Bowl.