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Report: NFL to add another woman to officiating department

Sarah Thomas


Sarah Thomas will no longer be the only female official in the NFL.

According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, the league will hire Terri Valenti as a instant replay booth assistant next season, making her the first woman in that role.

Thomas (pictured) entered the league in 2015 and worked as a line judge on Jeff Triplette’s crew.

Valenti officiated in the UFL and the Arena League and has also called at the major college level. She has also worked as a Navy engineer and economics professor.

While the job may not attract as much notice as an on-field position, it’s another positive step for the league, for a profession that can use all the qualified eyes it can find.