Sarah Thomas joins the list of women who have broken glass ceilings over the last month. The 47-year-old mother of three, broke a big barrier last night.
History made ✔️
Sarah Thomas – the first woman to officiate in a Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/3PmND59iZ9
— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) February 7, 2021
Thomas joined the NFL in 2015 as its first female on-field official. The league assembles its Super Bowl officiating crew based on eligibility — a minimum of five years of experience is required — as well as in-season performance. She has worked a total of four postseason games in six seasons with the league.
History has been made.
Sarah Thomas is the first woman to ever officiate a Super Bowl.
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) February 8, 2021
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 honor.”
This achievement was even highlighted by the First Lady.
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) February 7, 2021