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Thomas to Become Super Bowl's First Female Official

Brock Fritz

Sarah Thomas will be among the officials on the field for the Feb. 7 Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla.

Thomas, who will serve as down judge in Super Bowl LV, will be the first female official in the 55 years of the NFL’s title game. Thomas is part of the eight-person crew, including referee Carl Cheffers, that will officiate the game at Raymond James Stadium.

“Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official,” NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent, Sr. said in the league’s Tuesday press release. “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.”

According to CNN, Thomas became the first permanent female NFL official in 2015, while she became the first female to officiate a playoff game in 2019. CNN also reported that Thomas was the first woman to officiate a college football bowl game.

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