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Thomas could become first female ref

National Football League

Sarah Thomas, a female trainee in the NFL’s officials program, works at the New Orleans Saints’ training camp at the team’s training facility on Thursday in Metairie. La.

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METAIRIE, La. — A woman who could become the NFL’s first female official is training at New Orleans Saints training camp this week.
Sarah Thomas, who lives near Jackson, Miss., is a former college basketball player who started officiating high school games at age 23 and says she never dreamed then that she could become a candidate to officiate NFL games.
Now 40-years old and with three children, she has been officiating college football in Conference USA since 2007, is a member of the NFL’s Officiating Development Program and a finalist to become a permanent NFL official. She arrived ...


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