This Woman Will Make Football Refereeing History

Sarah Thomas will make NFL history after becoming the first woman assigned to officiate a playoff game

She already made history in 2015, when Thomas became the first full-time female officiant in the league.

Sarah Thomas keeps making history.

Thomas, who was born in Pascagoula, Miss., has been a football referee for around two decades, having officiated her first varsity high school game in 1999.

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. "So tucking my hair, I blend in and I'm just another official".

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

NFL Network analyst and former wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. hailed Thomas' appointment, saying she was an "outstanding" referee. This is her fourth season as an National Football League official and has spent the last two as a down judge, but has only been listed as an alternate in a 2017 Wild Card game, according to Sports Illustrated.

Thomas says she wants to focus on "being the best official I can be".

This will be a special moment for Thomas, a Brandon, Mississippi resident with three children, and a monumental postseason game for the entire NFL.

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

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