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NFL hires Sarah Thomas as first full-time female official

NFL hires Sarah Thomas as first full-time female official

The NFL officially hired Sarah Thomas as a line judge Wednesday, making her the league's first full-time female official.

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 Conference USA. She became the first woman to officiate a major college football game when she worked a contest between Memphis and Jacksonville...

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