NFL’s First Full-Time Female Official Is a Former Alabama Baptist University Athlete


The NFL’s first full-time female game official, Sarah Thomas, is a former University of Mobile athlete.

Thomas, who played basketball at UMobile from 1992-95, will be a line judge for the 2015 season. Based on performance, she will have the opportunity to move into other roles, including the highest position of referee.

The NFL made the formal announcement April 8, capping days of speculation by sports media outlets.Sarah-Thomas

UMobile athletics officials said Thomas, a 1995 graduate of the Alabama Baptist university, had always performed at the highest levels and shown the determination to succeed at anything she undertook.

“We are honored that one of our former athletes is achieving the highest level in her profession,” UMobile athletics director Joe Niland said.

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