When it comes to the NFL, it doesn't take a football expert to realize that the game is undeniably male-dominated. However, there may be a major gender-related game changer set to hit the turf sometime in the near future, that is, if the latest reports that Sarah Thomas is the NFL's first full-time female official are true.
Per the Los Angeles Times, the NFL has yet to officially confirm Sarah's reported position as the first woman to work regular season games for the league in a full-time capacity, but the media outlet did report that "the league has informed current officials that seven men and one woman have been selected as new hires for this season, contingent on them taking physical examinations."
Obviously, this would be a giant sign of progress for the league in its continued efforts to place diversity at the top of its priority list, where it rightfully belongs. While this represents a major touchdown in the game on behalf of women, there's still the matter of how the players will respond to such a huge shift, particularly considering the fact that some of them were less than welcoming to Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player.
Naturally, as women who want nothing more than to the level the playing field, how players will take to Sarah's full-time presence is a serious concern, but we can't help but feel inspired and encouraged by her positive attitude. In an interview with Tom Reed of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Sarah said, "I don't try to be one of the guys. I am a female, but I don't look at myself as just a female. I look at myself as just an official."
Way to go, Sarah!