The evolution of Women and the jobs the now hold. It is inspiring! It makes me hopeful. Sarah Thomas is an American football official, currently for the National Football League (NFL), who wears uniform number 53. Thomas 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. On April 8, 2015, Thomas was hired as the first full-time female official in NFL history, and for the 2020 NFL season, she was on the officiating crew headed by referee Shawn Hochuli In February 2021, she became the first woman to officiate in a Super Bowl.