Sarah Thomas to become first woman to officiate NFL playoff game

Sarah Thomas is the first woman hired by the NFL as a full-time referee.             
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The game will be officiated by Sarah Thomas and it will be the first time that a female has done so in an National Football League playoff game. She spent the past two seasons as a down judge after starting out as a line judge, and was named an alternate for the Atlanta Falcons-Los Angeles Rams' wild-card playoff game in 2017.

She'll work as part of referee Ron Torbert's crew as a down judge. She was the first woman to ever officiate a college football bowl game.

Sarah Thomas keeps making history. "So tucking my hair, I blend in and I'm just another official".

Meanwhile, Terri Valentini, the league's first female instant replay official, will also achieve an NFL first when she works the playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, according to Yahoo Sports.


After receiving the job offer in 2015, Thomas said she "was speechless", according to CNN, and was honored to be considered a "trailblazer" for female officials.

That same year, her hometown of Pascagoula renamed its recreational gym in honour of the trailblazing referee and former high school basketball and softball standout. "Field presence is what they talk about", she said in an interview with SB Nation.

Thomas's career has been an ongoing blitz against sexism in the NFL. "The guys don't think of me as a female, they see me as just another official".

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