Who is Sarah Thomas? The First Female Referee at the Super Bowl #CelebratingFirsts

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Sarah Thomas will make history tonight as the first woman to ref a Super Bowl! Via NYT

The 55th Super Bowl will feature a first: Two women will be coaching in the game.

Lori Locust, a defensive line assistant, and Maral Javadifar, an assistant strength and conditioning coach, are both on the staff of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Bruce Arians.

Sunday’s game will include another first for women. When Javadifar and Locust go to shake the referees hands, they’ll shake the hand of down judge Sarah Thomas, the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl.

Thomas, 47, became the first woman to referee full-time in the N.F.L. in 2015 and first officiated a playoff game in 2019. She was profiled by The New York Times in 2009, when Thomas was major college football’s only female referee.

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