Sarah Thomas looks to break barriers and become the NFL's first full-time female referee. Check out the final plays to crown the Madden Champion. Sarah Thomas (born Sarah Bailey) is an American football official, and is currently an official for the National Football League (NFL). Thomas was the first woman to officiate a major college football game, the one at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. She was assigned to a crew and given a full schedule of 11 games. Officiating career · Conference USA · Bowl-game breakthrough. Trailblazer Sarah Thomas may be first of many female NFL officials. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY Sports Published p.m. ET April 8. Meet Sarah Thomas, NFL's first female official. Facebook She grew up in Pascagoula, Mississippi, with two brothers who played football. Being a football official can be painful sometimes. The hit was so severe that Thomas had to leave the game for several plays. First, she was. Trailblazer Sarah Thomas may be first of many female NFL officials. Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY Sports Published p.m. ET April 8.