Sarah Thomas to become first woman official to work Super Bowl


No matter the outcome of Super Bowl LV, it will go down as a historic one.

The NFL announced its officiating crew for the Big Game on Tuesday, which included Sarah Thomas as the down judge, making her the first woman to officiate in a Super Bowl.

“Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official,” NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent, Sr. said in a press release. “Her elite performance and commitment to excellence has earned her the right to officiate the Super Bowl. Congratulations to Sarah on this well-deserved honor.”

Thomas is no stranger to being a pioneer in the industry. She was the first woman to officiate a major college football game in 2007 as part of the rew for a game between Memphis and Jacksonville State.

She became the NFL’s first full-time female official in 2015 and remains the only female official in the league today.

In January 2019, Thomas became the first female to officiate an NFL playoff game during the AFC Divisional Round matchup between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers, and has worked four playoff games in her career.

She will be part of a crew that consists of umpire Fred Bryan, line judge Rusty Baynes, field judge James Coleman, side judge Eugene Hall, back judge Dino Paganelli and replay official Mike Wimmer. Carl Cheffers will be the head referee.

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