Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
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History Is Being Made During The Chargers-Patriots Game

History Is Being Made During The Chargers-Patriots Game

The mother of three boys, she was part of the NFL's officiating development program in 2013 and 2014 and had worked at mini-camps, training camps and exhibition games before getting hired full-time in 2015.

On Sunday, Sarah Thomas, the NFL's first full-time female official will serve as a down judge during the AFC Divisional Playoff game.

When the Chargers face off against the Patriots on Sunday, it will be a history-making event, according to ABC 13.

The trailblazer spoke to CBS News' Jeff Glor back in 2015 about learning she'd become an National Football League referee.

"I've just been doing this truly because I love it", she said.


She also explained to him why she tucks her hair under her hat while she's on the field.

Thomas's career has been an ongoing blitz against sexism in the NFL. "If I have a ponytail, you know, then I separate myself immediately".

Long before she suited up in stripes, Thomas was a college basketball standout and recalled her own brushes with the refs. "The guys don't think of me as a female, they see me as just another official".

"History will be made during today's Chargers-Patriots Divisional Playoff".

Terri Valentini, the NFL's first female instant replay official, will also work the Indianapolis Colts-Kansas City Chiefs matchup on Saturday, marking her first postseason assignment.

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