GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — History was made this Super Bowl Sunday with the game having its first woman to referee the big game.
Sarah Thomas from Mississippi was a part of a seven-person crew officiating the Super Bowl. NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent called the group “the best of the best.”
News 8 spoke with an all-women’s football team in Grand Rapids about what this means to them.
“That’s really inspiring because I think it’s that representation that is so lacking and will really help gain interest,” said Sarah Geels, a wide receiver and corner for the Grand Rapids Tidal Waves.
“Having girls see her there, then they can say that’s a place for me, too, and they’re not going to necessarily have to have those situations that I had when I was growing up,” said Elisha Marr, a fullback for the Grand Rapids Tidal Waves.
Thomas was also the first woman to officiate a major college football game, the first woman to officiate a bowl game and the first woman to officiate in a Big Ten stadium.