NFL Reportedly Hiring Sarah Thomas as the First Female Official

The NFL is reportedly about to hire their first permanent female official, Sarah Thomas , according to The Baltimore Sun . Thomas, who's been doing this since 1996, has been officiating during NFL preseason games as a line judge while in the league's training program. She's apparently been in the NFL pipeline since 2013. She has stated she never set out to break down barriers and become the first female ref; she just does the job because she loves it.