Thomas is among nine new full-time officials hired by the NFL for the upcoming 2015 season. Her hiring was first reported last week by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
Thomas had been working as a college football referee for eight years in
Two years later, she was selected to work the
In 2013, she was among 21 finalists in contention for a permanent NFL officiating position. She worked
Thomas, 41, will not be the first female official to work an NFL game, however. During the officiating lockout in 2012, the league hired Shannon Eastin as a temporary, non-union official. She officiated a regular-season game between St. Louis and Detroit.
The eight other officials hired by the NFL on Wednesday: Line judge Kevin Codey; head linesmen Hugo Cruz and Bart Longson; umpire Clay Martin; side judges Walt Coleman IV, Aaron Santi and Jabir Walker; and field judge Shawn Smith.