Go, Sarah, Go! First Female Officiate At Superbowl 55 in Tampa Bay
The Superbowl is in two weeks and I could not be happier for TWO reasons.
First, it's no secret that I am pumped about Tom Brady going to the Superbowl for the 10th time. TB12 is breaking all kinds of records and I can't understand for the LIFE of me why anyone wouldn't want to see Tommy succeed. ESPECIALLY, if you're a Patriots fan, but I digress...
Secondly, according to a report from WMUR, the first female officiant, Sarah Thomas, will be calling the plays for the game on February 7. YAY! Go Sarah!
According to Wiki, Sarah was also the first woman to ref a major college football game, bowl game and the first in a Big Ten Stadium. I'm not sure what the Big Ten Stadium status is, but apparently, it's a big deal. Then, on April 8, 2015, she was the first female official to be hired in NFL history.
I don't know if she was the first one to apply for the job, but I would have to say no, that she wasn't the first one. I know that you may not agree or even want to hear it, but women have been trying to get jobs that were traditionally "men jobs" for a long, long time and I could not be happier for her. She has opened up the door for other girls who dream of calling all the plays to have that same chance.
That wasn't my dream. I don't know squat about football. All I wanted to do was play records on the radio like the boys did. (Oh yes..... radio was a big boys club.) But, like Sarah Thomas, I hung in there, didn't get mad or upset at missed opportunities, I just worked my ass off and here I sit. Still in an industry that I love. I found a Company that believes in me and in return, they get the best of me, as some Country song goes.
Good luck Sarah Thomas! and..... GO BUCS!!!
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