FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Sarah Thomas is the first woman to work an NFL playoff game as an on-field official.
Thomas was the down judge in Sunday's divisional round game between New England and the Los Angeles Chargers. That's a first, according to the league's Twitter account .
Thomas was hired in 2015 and was already the league's first female full-time official.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Terri Valenti always enjoyed football as a little girl, but never dreamed then of being in the NFL. That became her goal only after officiating games for the first time in 1999.
Valenti this season will be the NFL's first female instant replay official in the booth, moving into that position two years after Sarah Thomas became the league's first full-time official on the field.
NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the hiring tells The Associated Press that the NFL is adding a second female official, Terri Valenti, to work as an instant replay official next season.
Valenti will join Sarah Thomas, who has been a line judge since 2015. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced the hiring.
The instant replay official is the individual in charge of the replay crew at the stadium on game day.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Sarah Thomas was never hit by the pressure of being the first woman to be a full-time NFL game official until after her first season on the job.
It wasn't until this past offseason that Thomas pondered what really happened after accomplishing her goal, which was to work full-time at football's highest level and not necessarily be a trailblazer in doing so.
"When I first started all this last year, I said I don't feel the pressure of it or...