Meet Sarah Thomas: The First Female Official in NFL Playoff History

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Sarah Thomas will become the first woman to officiate a playoff game.

National Football League official Sarah Thomas is set to make American Football history.

According to NBC Sports, Thomas has been an NFL official since 2015 and is now in her fourth season in the league. Now she's reached another milestone.

Thomas, now in her fourth season as an official, will work the AFC divisional playoff game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New England Patriots on Sunday. The title of her position was recently changed from "head linesman" to "down judge" by Senior VP of NFL Officiating Al Riveron to be more inclusive.

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Thomas, who was born in Pascagoula, Miss., has been a football referee for around two decades, having officiated her first varsity high school game in 1999.

She said she was honored to be considered a "trailblazer" for female officials. "So tucking my hair, I blend in and I'm just another official". "Field presence is what they talk about", she said in an interview with SB Nation.

"Maybe at times when they made a controversial call that I didn't think was right, I voiced my opinion but I think they would get just as aggravated with me at times, too", Thomas said.

This will be a special moment for Thomas, a Brandon, Mississippi resident with three children, and a monumental postseason game for the entire NFL.

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