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08.03.13

NFL Names First Female Ref

Will train at New Orleans Saints facility.

There goes one more glass ceiling. The NFL has named its first-ever female referee. Sarah Thomas, a 40-year-old mother who has been officiating lower-level games since she was 23, began training at the New Orleans Saints facility on Thursday. In the past, she has refereed high school games and, since 2007, Conference USA games at the college level. She refereed a scrimmage for the team on Saturday and is expected to fill a permanent post in 2014. “I didn’t set out to be a first or a pioneer,” Thomas said, “but I will embrace it if that does happen.”