Sarah Thomas isn't breaking barriers, she's shattering them.
While all eyes will be on Patrick Mahomes vs. Tom Brady on Sunday in Tampa Bay, Thomas, the NFL’s only female official, is set to become the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl when the Chiefs and Bucs take the field.
Thomas will be the down judge in charge of the line of scrimmage during Super Bowl LV. She is the only woman on the eight-person team consisting of Carl Cheffers, Fred Bryan, Rusty Baynes, James Coleman, Eugene Hall, Dino Paganelli, and Mike Wimmer.
But Thomas won’t be the only woman to go down in the history books on Sunday. Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar will become the second and third woman to coach in a Super Bowl.
Locust serves as a defensive line assistant for Tampa Bay while Javadifar is an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Bucs. Tampa Bay has an opportunity to hoist its first Lombardi Trophy in more than 20 years. If it accomplishes the feat, Javadifar and Locus would become the first female coaches to win a Super Bowl title.
On Super Bowl Sunday, when young girls see Thomas, Javadifar and Locust, they will see that they can be anything they dream of. A woman’s place is on the football field.