From Sarah Thomas, a Mississippi native:
“I do honor the fact that many people consider me a trailblazer, but I’ve been doing this because I love it. When you’re out there officiating, the guys don’t think of me as a female. They want me to be just like them – just be an official.”
However this is the part that got my attention the most:
“But my goal has always been to be the best line judge I could be.”
RedskinsTailgate GM, Senior Staff Writer
The National Football League (no fun league) on Wednesday said it will be hiring a woman for the first time to officiate games full-time. The woman who earned the position? Sarah Thomas, a 41 year old mother of three children. She’s been proving herself in the NFL”s Officiating Development Program, making it to the Conference level. She is not being appointed as a “politically correct” statement nor because of the pressure from women’s groups. She has accomplished this the “old fashioned way”, she earned it.
I want an honest official who knows the rules and is totally unbiased in his or her officiating. I’ve been a Washington Redskins fan for 45 years now and sports-writing for last 10 years and I have found out that women, especially Redskins women are not just pretty cheerleaders, but they know as much about football as the men do,or more! They also handle the purse strings of the family and decide who and when a new jersey or NFL merchandise is bought by the members of the family or themselves. It is my opinion that a qualified woman can do as good a job or better than a male official can.
From what I have witnessed since the “Great Theft” when the official blew the call in the end-zone when George Allen’s over-the-hill gang(Pat Fischer #37) broke up a pass in the end-zone against the Cardinals that meant the, Redskins won the game and made the playoffs, but the official incorrectly called it a touchdown for the Cardinals and gave the Cardinals the victory. I am still mad about that bad call. LOL. In other words, a woman cant do any worse than the men have done. We all have seen tons of bad calls over the years so I say HAIL Sarah Thomas and congratulations! Keep it the ‘American Way’.
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