nationalSarah Thomas rewriting NFL history as first-ever female to serve as Super Bowl referee
Sarah Thomas rewriting NFL history as first-ever female to serve as Super Bowl referee

Sarah Thomas rewriting NFL history as first-ever female to serve as Super Bowl referee

She can and she will.

For the first time in NFL history, a woman will officiate the biggest game on the gridiron. On Sunday evening in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay Florida, NFL referee Sarah Thomas will be a part of the officiating crew for the highly-anticipated Super Bowl LV matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Thomas said her selection is “so meaningful” as both a trailblazer and a passionate referee. She said she became hooked after her brother, a high school football official, invited her to a meeting with other referees, where she was able to discuss plenty of ins and outs in and surrounding the aspects of officiating football.

In the big picture, Thomas realizes the magnitude and responsibility of the position she is in. With that, she hopes that she can both inspire and pave the way for more women to officiate football as she does.

“It means a lot to me,” she offered. “I have a precious little girl that is watching her mom. Not just on the football field, but daily at home. And I want her to know seeing it, believing it, and you can do it. She said, ‘Mom, they asked me what I wanted to do in the future and I told them I wanted to be a mom, a teacher, and a ref like my mom.’”

She knows it may be a lot to take in but Thomas is thrilled for the opportunity and to officiate what could be a classic.

“When I get on that field and I take it all in, I know that I’m probably going to get a little teary-eyed. Just understand this is remarkable and I’m truly honored and humbled to be part of this year’s Super Bowl crew.”

Super Bowl LV will begin its live broadcast at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS. For more sports coverage, click here.

 

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