Pascagoula native Sarah Thomas set to make history at Super Bowl
From Senior Bowl to Super Bowl 55, Pascagoula native Sarah Thomas is ready to make history.
The kind of history that’s making her a trailblazer on the gridiron as the first female referee to ever officiate a Super Bowl.
She’ll be one of eight officials in Sunday’s championship game, serving in the down judge position, a post she’s held regularly since 2017.
Now a Brandon resident, Thomas already made history two years ago as the first female to officiate a playoff game and prior to that six years ago as the first full-time female NFL referee and now a dream come true. “You just have to understand it’s the longevity of your career that you really want to establish. Being granted the honor of working a Super Bowl means that you’ve finished top of your position, and striving and working as hard as you possibly can to get there, to be number one, and then if you get the call to work a Super Bowl, that’s awesome. And then just being there, when I get on that field, and I take it all in, I know that I’m probably going to get a little teary-eyed. Understand this is remarkable.”
Super Bowl 55 is set to kick off this Sunday from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.