Chaka will be the first Black female to officiate a regular-season NFL game.
“It’s a privilege that I’ve been chosen to represent women and women of color in the most popular sport in America,” Chaka said in a statement before Sunday’s game.
The Panthers and Jets are set to square off at 1 p.m. E.
Nel mese di marzo, the league announced Chaka would be added to the roster of officials for the 2021 stagione.
“I am honored to be selected as an NFL official,” she said in a statement at the time. “But this moment is bigger than a personal accomplishment. It is an accomplishment for all women, my community, and my culture.”
Chaka worked in the Pac-12 Conference and Conference USA in college football before making the jump to the NFL, secondo NFL.com. She was also a physical education and health teacher in Virginia.
“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,” NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said in March. “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.”