Sarah Thomas Biography – Sarah Thomas Wiki
Sarah Thomas is an American football official, currently working for the National Football League (NFL). She was the first woman to officiate a major college football game, the first to officiate a bowl game and the first to officiate in a Big Ten stadium. Thomas was hired as the first full-time female official in NFL history, on April 8, 2015. During the 2020 NFL season, she was in the officiating crew headed by referee Shawn Hochuli. She started her officiating career in 1996 when she attended a meeting of the Gulf Coast Football Officials Association. She served her first varsity high school game in 1999. When Thomas was asked about the challenges associated with being a football official, Thomas said that there have “not been any challenges” being a female in football and stated, “Everybody has been very professional, and they look at me just like another official”,
In 2013, she was among the 21 finalists in contention for a permanent NFL officiating position. On April 8, 2015, the NFL announced that Thomas would become the first permanent female official in NFL history. She made her National Football League (NFL) regular-season debut in a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium, on September 13, 2015, as part of Pete Morelli’s crew as the line judge.
On December 24, 2016, she broke her wrist in a mid-game collision on the sideline of a Vikings-Packers game. After being examined, Thomas returned and finished the game with a broken wrist. In 2017, she moved to the down judge position. The change in the position name from head linesman coincided with the move in order to use a gender-neutral term. Thomas is the first woman to earn an on-field assignment for a playoff game. She was named to the crew for the game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers on January 13, 2019.
Born Sarah Bailey was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States. She attended Pascagoula High School. While there she lettered five times in softball. Thomas attended the University of Mobile on a basketball scholarship and was an academic all-American. During her three seasons on the basketball team, Thomas collected 779 points, 441 rebounds, 108 assists, and 192 steals. This saw her being ranked fifth in the school’s history. Thomas has been selected for the Super Bowl LV officiating team and will become the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl, also in the down judge position.
Sarah Thomas Age
She was born on September 21, 1973, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, United States.
Sarah Thomas Husband
She is married to her husband Brian Thomas. The couple was married in 2000. Together with her husband, they have three children — sons Brady Thomas, and Bridley Thomas and daughter Bailey Thomas. The family lives in Brandon, Mississippi, United States.
Sarah Thomas Family
Sarah Thomas’ two brothers are college football officials. In an interview with Bridge the Gap, Thomas said about her parents, “I was raised by two wonderful parents that just always taught me to be kind and just treat others the way that you want to be treated. So they really demonstrated to me how life should be when it comes to being successful in their field work. They were both educators and then also doing what was required of making a household run the way it was supposed to but then being there for their children, and they were parents to us. They weren’t friends to us.”
Sarah Thomas Salary
The average NFL referee salary is $4,000 to $10,000 per game. An NFL referee can earn anywhere from $25,000 to $75,000 per 17-week season. They can earn up to $200, 000 depending on a referee’s wealth of experience. The NFL season only lasts about half the year, and for most NFL referees, refereeing is not their only job. Thomas has a full-time job as a pharmaceutical sales rep.
Sarah Thomas Net Worth
Sarah Thomas’ net worth is unclear.