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Thomas first female on-field NFL playoff game official

14 January, 2019, 02:25 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • Sarah Thomas will make NFL history after becoming the first woman assigned to officiate a playoff game

Thomas is no stranger to making history.

According to ABC 13, Thomas made history back in 2015 after becoming the first female to be a full-time official for the NFL.

Thomas, who is listed as a sales representative from the University of Mobile in Alabama, will be part of crew for Ron Torbert, a referee she commonly works with.

"You never expect it but when it comes, you definitely answer the call but I was just about speechless", Thomas said.

Thomas will be the officiating an National Football League playoff. "If I have a ponytail, you know, then I separate myself immediately".

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Long before she suited up in stripes, Thomas was a college basketball standout and recalled her own brushes with the refs.

"I've just been doing this truly because I love it", she said.

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: NFL Line Judge Sarah Thomas walks on the field prior to the start of the game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears at Ford Field on December 11, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan.

In fact, replay official Terri Valenti, who became the first woman to hold that title in 2017, will also make history on Saturday at the Indianapolis Colts-Kansas City Chiefs game as the first woman to hold her position in a post-season game.

Thomas was the down judge in Sunday's divisional round game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers.

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