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In NFL, women are in the pipeline

In NFL, women are in the pipeline

Originally Published: August 13, 2011
By Jane McManus

Sarah Thomas, a former college basketball player with a Southern matter-of-factness about her, asked if she could accompany her brother to a meeting of local football officials one night. She wasn't looking to start a revolution, just to find out more about a sport she loved. Sure, her brother told her, but cautioned that she might get a few looks.

Thomas showed up that night and got the looks, but she also got her first taste of what has become a career as a Division I referee. ...

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