Sarah Thomas makes National Football League history as first woman to officiate in playoffs

Sarah Thomas makes National Football League history as first woman to officiate in playoffs

Sarah Thomas makes National Football League history as first woman to officiate in playoffs

According to ABC 13, Thomas made history back in 2015 after becoming the first female to be a full-time official for the NFL.

Sunday will mark the third playoff showdown between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his Chargers' counterpart Philip Rivers.

"This is a big deal", said Sam Rapoport, the senior director of football development at the NFL who has also advocated for more opportunities for women in football.

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Thomas, who is listed as a sales representative from the University of Mobile in Alabama, will be part of crew for Ron Torbert, a referee she commonly works with.

Almost four years ago, on April 8, 2015, Sarah Thomas was hired as the first full-time female official in National Football League history.

"When I started in football officiating, I had no idea the pride and the amount of time that they put into trying to get the game right".

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The two players will also be making their own history on Sunday as the oldest starting quarterbacks in a playoff game ever, with a combined 78 years between them.

That same year, her hometown of Pascagoula renamed its recreational gym in honour of the trailblazing referee and former high school basketball and softball standout.

"As women, the way we carry ourselves speaks a lot".

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"I've just been doing this truly because I love it", she said. "When we carry ourselves with confidence and walk into a room with confidence, the atmosphere changes".

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