top of page

Sarah Thomas Becomes the First Woman to Officiate NFL Playoff Game

The former college athlete and mother of three was selected as the first female NFL official back in 2015.

Thomas became the first female referee to officiate a post-season NFL game during the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers game on Sunday.

The mother of three and former college athlete is no stranger to “firsts.” Thomas, now in her fourth season as an NFL referee, was selected as the NFL’s first female official in 2015. Prior to that, in 2011, she became the first female official to work in a Big Ten stadium. In 2009, she was the first woman to officiate a college football bowl game. 

“I’ve always said that if you do something because you love it and not try to prove somebody wrong or get recognition for it, the recognition probably just is going to happen,” Thomas told CBS News in 2015.  


bottom of page