Move over, Sarah Thomas.
The NFL is set to add another female to its officiating department.
A source told Sporting News that Terri Valenti will become the league’s first female instant replay booth assistant starting with the 2017 season.
Valenti already is a pioneer for advancement of female officials. She became the first woman to officiate in a U.S. pro football league with the now-defunct UFL (United Football League) in 2009. Valenti also has refereed at every major college level and the Arena Football League, where she was named the 2015 Official of the Year.
As a replay booth assistant, Valenti will be responsible for initiating replays inside the final two minutes when head coaches are unable to issue challenges. Valenti also will help assist in review of other in-game replays. Shepreviously had served as an instant replay communicator for San Francisco 49ers games, which is a position Valenti will now oversee.
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Outside of football, Valenti is a married mother of five who has worked as a Navy engineer and economics professor.
Thomas became the first full-time NFL official in 2015. She served as line judge this past season on Jeff Triplette’s officiating crew.
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