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Old 04-03-2015, 11:30 AM   #1
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Report: Sarah Thomas set to be NFL?s first female official

History will be made in the NFL this fall. The league has reportedly hired Sarah Thomas to be a full-time official, according to NBC Sports.

Thomas will be the NFL’s first full-time on-field official, and the push to break that barrier has been in the works for years. Thomas, of course, has already broken the gender barrier in the world of football. She was the first female ref to work an NCAA game back in 2007.

As reminded by our friends over at Pro Football Talk, Thomas will not be the first woman to serve as an official for an NFL game. That distinction goes to Shannon Eastin, who worked as a replacement ref in 2012. Thomas was the first woman to officiate a major college football game when she took the field wearing the zebra stripes for a 2007 game between Memphis and Jacksonville State after being hired by Conference USA. At the end of the 2009 season Thomas again made history by becoming the first woman to officiate a college football bowl game. Thomas was assigned to work the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit between Marshall and Ohio. In 2013, Thomas was part of the first bowl officiating crew to feature two women. She is quite the trailblazer.

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