Sarah Thomas Set To Be First Woman To Referee A Super Bowl!: ‘Her Elite Performance And Commitment To Excellence Has Earned Her The Right To Officiate The Super Bowl’
Sarah Thomas is an experienced NFL referee.
She now is set to make history to “become the first woman ever to officiate in a Super Bowl” per a NFL Football Operations press release.
NFL Officiating announced its crew for the big game and Thomas was named the down judge.
“Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official,” NFL executive vice president of football operations, Troy Vincent, Sr., said. “Her elite performance and commitment to excellence has earned her the right to officiate the Super Bowl. Congratulations to Sarah on this well-deserved honor.”
The Super Bowl referee squad has its own roster, consisting of seven different refs:
Thomas rocks the #53 uniform. The official has refereed six NFL seasons and four NFL playoff games.
According to the NFL Football Operations: “Collectively, the Super Bowl LV on-field officiating crew has 88 years of NFL officiating experience and 77 combined playoff game assignments (including past Super Bowls)”.
People are excited and congratulating Thomas on this historic honor:
Business Insider stated Thomas was also “the first woman to officiate a major college football game, an NCAA bowl game, and an NFL playoff game”.
Per Business Insider, that playoff game was last season when the Patriots played the Chargers.
Here was Thomas talking about “being (the) first woman to officiate (a) playoff game” per the NFL.
Congrats to Thomas for making history again!
“I’ve always said that if you do something because you love it and not try to prove somebody wrong or get recognition for it, the recognition probably just is going to happen,” Thomas said to CBS News in 2019 per CBS.
More history was made in the NFL’s 2020 season when there was “the NFL’s first all-Black officiating crew” in a Rams vs Bucs game.
Super Bowl LV is set to take place on February 7, which just so happens to also be in Tampa. The same stadium where that Rams-Bucs game was played, home of the Bucs. Raymond James Stadium is playing host to history this year and we are excited about it. It’s more than a game! This is history.
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