By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

Sarah Thomas, the NFL’s only female official, and became the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl when she worked Sundays Chiefs vs. Buccaneers game in Tampa. The 47-year old Thomas has been in the NFL since 2015, 

“It’s just so meaningful,” Thomas said. “I never set out to be the first in any of this, but knowing the impact that I’m having on not just my daughter but young girls everywhere, women everywhere, It’s just remarkable, and I’m truly honored and humbled to be a part of this year’s Super Bowl crew.” 

Thomas was joined by two other women as pioneers Lori Locust is an assistant defensive line coach and Maral Javadifar is an assistant strength and conditioning coach on the staff of the Bucs head coach Bruce Arians.