Mother Of Three In Line To Become NFL’s First Female Referee

Source: New York Post

A woman who could become the NFL’s first female official is training at New Orleans Saints training camp this week.

Sarah Thomas, who lives near Jackson, Miss., is a former college basketball player who started officiating high school games at age 23 and says she never dreamed then that she could become a candidate to officiate NFL games.

Now 40 years old and with three children, she has been officiating college football in Conference USA since 2007, is a member of the NFL’s Officiating Development Program and a finalist to become a permanent NFL official, which would likely happen in 2014. She arrived at Saints camp Thursday and will train there Friday and during Saturday’s scrimmage.

“I don’t feel a weight on my shoulders. It’s exciting,” Thomas said, according to FOX Sports Southwest. “I didn’t set out to be the first or a pioneer, but I will embrace it, if that does happen.”
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