Sarah Thomas NFL: Sarah Thomas made history being the first female official in the NFL. Thomas was hired as the first full-time female official in NFL history on April 8, 2015. For the 2020 NFL season, she is on the officiating crew headed by referee John Hussey
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A brief history on who is Sarah Thomas
Sarah 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. She has now made it into the NFL and is making quite a name for herself.
On April 8, 2015, the NFL officially announced that Thomas would become the first permanent female official in NFL history. Thomas made her NFL regular-season debut in a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans at on September 13, 2015. She also became the first female official in the league’s postseason history.
Female officials and coaches in the NFL today
On 28th September 2020, Washington vs. Cleveland was the first NFL game with female coaches on both sidelines and a female official.
Washington vs. Cleveland will be the first NFL game with female coaches on both sidelines and a female official.
Washington coaching intern Jennifer King, Browns chief of staff Callie Brownson and official Sarah Thomas are set to make history Sunday 🙏
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 24, 2020
There are other females who are making a name for themselves as well. Jennifer King is the coaching intern for the Washington Football Team. Her responsibilities will be similar to those of Katie Sowers, the San Francisco 49ers offensive assistant who in February became the first woman to coach in the Super Bowl. For instance, She now has her own office and has an unofficial role as an assistant running backs coach.
Callie Brownson also made history earlier this year. She became the first female chief of staff in the NFL. On February 1st 2020, the Browns named her the Chief of Staff for head coach Kevin Stefanski.
Hence, Sarah Thomas will definitely continue to play a major role in the NFL. She is on par to be the official for numerous other games throughout the 2020 NFL season, and hopefully the postseason as well. Through the years, we will definitely see more female officials and coaches joining teams and bringing along their talents as well.