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Sarah Thomas: First Female Officiate for a Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas is another female that is breaking the boundaries of football by being the first female officiate in Super Bowl LV. She is currently in her 6th season as an NFL official.

Sarah Thomas was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is the first woman to officiate in a Big Ten stadium. She attended University of Mobile on a basketball scholarship and has an impressive career as a college athlete and officiate. In 2010, Thomas worked the league championship game and in 2015, Thomas was hired as the first full-time female official in NFL history. In 2019, she officiated a game between the Patriots and the Chargers and appeared in a Super Bowl LIII commercial. These are just a few of her accomplishments as an officiate and she is breaking boundaries by being the first female to officiate a Super Bowl. 

Alongside Thomas will be a crew that includes umpire Fred Bryan, line judge Rusty Baynes, field judge James Coleman, side judge Eugene Hall, back judge Dino Paganelli, and replay official Mike Wimmer. Carl Cheffers will lead this seven-person on-field crew at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. 


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