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Kid Reporter: Introducing Sarah Thomas

Have you heard? There may be a different ref next year and officiating a game this year. Her name is Sarah Thomas.

 

Yes you read correctly HER. The forty-year-old female is the mother of three children.   6 years ago she was the first woman to ever officiate a major college football game. In 2009, she was one of the five woman officials in major college football and the only one to be at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.  She made history by becoming the first woman to ever officiate a bowl game at the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. One football player even admitted to noticing her before the game, but during the game she was just another regular ref.

 

This year Thomas is one of the 21 finalists to become a permanent official in the NFL. Thomas has worked at Saints scrimmages and spent three days at Colts Training minicamp. If she does well in the preseason she may as well get a permanent position as early 2014. If she impresses people she may end up as the first female NFL official ever.

 

 

 

Do you think females should be able to officiate games?

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  • Baltimore Ravens

    September 2, 2013

    ravesgo20 · draftee

    nop

  • Green Bay Packers

    August 30, 2013

    awesomenubnub · 2nd string

    Women should definetly be able too officiate because we dont want division by gender or race in football because it is insulting.

  • New England Patriots

    August 29, 2013

    brady390 · rookie

    i agree with kalil75. Where would anybody be without MLKJr

  • Seattle Seahawks

    August 29, 2013

    chrisjessen21 · draftee

    what team is she ref for

  • New York Jets

    August 29, 2013

    TJets17 · draftee

    i think it would be cool to have a girl ref

  • New England Patriots

    August 28, 2013

    brady390 · rookie

    ive got to see how it goes for a first game, then i will actually decide

  • Dallas Cowboys

    August 28, 2013

    chbull9 · draftee

    I say, if they are good, let them ref.

  • Carolina Panthers

    August 28, 2013

    nflrocks617 · practice squad

    I think she should be a permanent I mean it would be history and the rest of you don't have to be negative about this history could be made and this is not a boy sport I know the NFL is to rough for females but there is definitely room for a female referee I think they should be like 3 are maybe 4 female referees

  • Washington Redskins

    August 28, 2013

    scrocks · practice squad

    Yes

  • Chicago Bears

    August 28, 2013

    flamedx900 · practice squad

    female are good at being ref for volleyball, but not for football

  • Chicago Bears

    August 28, 2013

    flamedx900 · practice squad

    i haven't a female football ref before!!!!

  • New York Giants

    August 28, 2013

    lightyear102 · rookie

    she there to get some football player

  • Minnesota Vikings

    August 28, 2013

    kalil75 · practice squad

    definitely, where would baseball be if we hadnt let jackie robinson in?

  • Denver Broncos

    August 28, 2013

    nkfylle · 2nd string

    NO AGGIEBUG! YOUR WRONG!

  • Jacksonville Jaguars

    August 28, 2013

    allprobrady · veteran

    No! Football is a boy sport, not a girl sport. Only Barbie Dress up volleyball is for girls.

  • Houston Texans

    August 28, 2013

    aggiebug · practice squad

    Why would you say no? Give everyone a chance at something.

  • Denver Broncos

    August 28, 2013

    nkfylle · 2nd string

    NO!

  • New England Patriots

    August 27, 2013

    brady390 · rookie

    yes, they should. but they must be carefull not to get run over by any players especially on a sideline catch

  • Philadelphia Eagles

    August 27, 2013

    TEBOWFAN02 · starter

    are you nuts if a player dives and rams into a female ref the ref coud get really hurt