June 12, 2024
Sarah Thomas will be the first woman officiate in a Super Bowl

Sarah Thomas will be the first woman officiate in a Super Bowl

Thomas has been selected to be part of the officiating crew for Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida, on February 7, according to the NFL, thus becoming the first woman in history to do so. She will be the down judge in the crew of eight officials, the league announced Tuesday.

“Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official,” NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent, Sr., said in a statement.

“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.”

Thomas will call the game alongside some of the top officials in pro football: Carl Cheffers, Fred Bryan, Rusty Baynes, James Coleman, Eugene Hall, Dino Paganelli and Mike Wimmer. Collectively the group has 88 years of NFL officiating experience and 77 combined playoff game assignments, including some past Super Bowls, according to the NFL.

“Their body of work over the course of a 17-game season has earned them the honor of officiating the biggest game on the world’s biggest stage,” Vincent said of the selected officials. “They are the best of the best.”