First Female Post Season NFL Referee Works Chargers Patriots Playoff Game

January 11, 2019
NFL Referee Sarah Thomas

(photo credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)

Sarah Thomas grew up loving sports, playing high school softball, then playing basketball at the University of Mobile. She continued playing basketball on a men's team in a Mississippi church league.

She also began officiating basketball games, then one day her brother invited her to go with him to a football officials meeting. The rest is history..

Sarah blazed the trail for women referees in football. She was the first woman to officiate a major college football game, the first to officiate a bowl game, and the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium. In April of 2015, Thomas was hired as the first full-time female official in NFL history,

This weekend, she becomes the first female NFL referee to officiate a post season NFL football game, when the Chargers take the field Sunday against the New England Patriots.