Next month, Sarah Thomas will become the first female to not only take part in a Super Bowl but actually be apart of the officiating team.
Thomas will be joining Carl Cheffers’ referee team at Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida as a down judge.
In 2015, Thomas became the first female on-field official in the NFL and made history, breaking down stereotypes and leading the way for women in the NFL.
This will be Thomas’s fifth game in the postseason over her 6 years of officiating.
The league work out there referring team for a Super Bowl by a set of eligibility requirements these include, a minimum of five years experience, excellent in-season performance and number of games officiated.
In a statement, NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said: “Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official. Her elite performance and commitment to excellence has earned her the right to officiate the Super Bowl. Congratulations to Sarah on this well-deserved honour.”
Thomas is no stranger to the big time and working under stressful situations. In 2016, during a Vikings v Packers game, she broke her wrist mid-game. After being checked for a concussion and confirmed she had a broken wrist, she returned and finished the game.
Cheffers will be working his second Super Bowl in five seasons, having also served as crew chief for Super Bowl LI.
Four other members of the officiating team will be umpire Fred Bryan, line judge Rusty Baynes, side judge Eugene Hall and back judge Dino Paganelli have worked at least one Super Bowl. Field judge James Coleman will complete the officiating team.
We wish Sarah luck and will be watching live on February 7th 2021.
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