Meet Annice Canady, First Ever Female NCAA Official


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This week Melissa welcomes Annice Canady, the first women to officiate an NCAA football game. (16:57) Melissa also shares her conflicting thoughts about the upcoming NFL season (5:11) and spotlights the new rules for 2019 in this week’s Three Minute Drill. (1:19:01) In 2000, eight years before Sarah Thomas graced an NCAA field as an official, a job that would catapult her to the NFL level, Annice Canady was calling games for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). A firecracker with an innate instinct for football, Canady’s glass shattering only came after a perilous path. She survived three bouts of cancer, turning to officiating at the youth level as her comfort. But this was the mid-90’s when women in the NFL were as commonplace as vegans at a pig roast. Canady dealt with naysayers and innuendos from the start. On this week’s pod, she details her rich story and spotlights the traits and people who helped her along the way. Canady, who currently serves as a trainer of officials for the NFL, shares her mixed feeling about the current state of women in officiating. Canady is also featured in the documentary, “Her Turf,” which tracks three female officials at different stages of their careers. To learn more about Canady and the doc, click here: Chat with Melissa about her monologue on Face App and the pending NFL season: Finally, to help us continue spotlight empowering, groundbreaking women in the NFL and have passionate football convos, PLEASE leave us a good rating and review in Apple Podcasts:

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