Cat Conti - Big 12's first female official

Associated Press
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE - Line Judge Catherine Conti retrieves the football at the Legacy Bowl Women's Football Championship, on Friday July 25, 2014 at District Three Stadium in Rock Hill, S.C. The Carolina Queens beat the Minnesota Vixens 28-22. (Bob Leverone/AP Images for National Football League)

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Cat Conti never played sports, let alone had any interest in them, when she was growing up in Southern California. She wanted to be a Hollywood star.

Like many wannabe actors, she found herself waiting tables after college. And had it not been for her getting to know a high school coach at the sports grill where she worked, she wouldn't be among the four women who will be on-field officials in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season.

The 38-year-old Conti had been assigned to the Southeast Missouri State-Kansas game on Sept. 6, making her the first woman to work a football game in the Big 12 Conference.
— Associated Press

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