NFL Reportedly Hires Sarah Thomas as First Full-Time Female Official

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The NFL is reportedly hiring Sarah Thomas as its first full-time female official. Thomas has been in the league’s officiating development program, has worked New Orleans Saints scrimmages, and officiated a preseason game last year.

Born in Mississippi, Thomas played basketball at the University of Mobile and was an academic all-American. She began officiating at the high school varsity level in 1999 and went on to be hired by Conference USA in 2007. Thomas was the first woman to officiate a major college football game, the first to officiate a Bowl game, and the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium.

Thomas won’t be the first woman to work an NFL regular season game, but she will be the first permanent one. Back in 2012, Shannon Eastin was a temporary replacement ref during the lockout. A full-time NFL official reportedly is paid upwards of $250,000.

Back in 2013 when it was speculated Thomas might be hired by the NFL, many Twitter reactions were negative — surprisingly even from some other women. Hopefully, Thomas is judged for her work on the field, rather than ridiculed before she even officiates her first game.

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Sarah Thomas in Preseason NFL Game

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Sarah Thomas is Breaking Ground

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Sarah Thomas

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Line Judge Sarah Thomas - NFL Preseason

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Football Official Sarah Thomas

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Sarah Thomas on the Field

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Sarah Thomas - First Full-Time Female Official in NFL

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