On February 7th, Sarah Thomas will become the first woman to work as an on-field official in a Super Bowl. ESPN reports Thomas will serve as the down judge at Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida.
Sarah Thomas made history when she became the NFL’s first female on-field official in 2015. She was also the first woman to officiate a major college football game, the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium, and the first to officiate a college bowl game. The 47-year-old Mississippi native was the first woman to officiate an NFL playoff game two years ago. Thomas has worked a total of four NFL postseason games since joining the league.
In a statement, NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent said: “Sarah Thomas has made history again as the first female Super Bowl official. 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.”
Super Bowl LV will be played at 6:30pm ET in Tampa on Sunday, February 7th.