Sarah Thomas is currently on track to be the National Football League’s first permanent female referee. She is a finalist in their training program and there is a possibility she will be hired and on the field by 2014. Although Shannon Eastin was the first woman to officiate an NFL game, this is the first time that a woman would be hired as a full time official.
But this isn’t the first time that Thomas has broken down gender barriers in sports. In 2009, she became the first woman to officiate a college football bowl game during the Little Caesar Bowl between Ohio University and Marshall University. Thomas played basketball in college, but after college, she was kicked off of a Mississippi church-league team because they didn’t want any girls on the team. Determined to stay in sports, she decided to start officiating football. Keep reading »