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This NFL Game Saw The First Female Coach And Ref Come Together

Sarah Thomas and Jen Welter FTW.

Posted on August 16, 2015, at 2:28 p.m. ET

Last night's preseason game between the Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs in Glendale, Arizona, was preceded by a special moment in history.

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Before the game began, the NFL's first ever female coach shook hands with the League's first woman to work as a full-time on-field official.

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Dr. Jen Welter made headlines last month when she was hired by the Cardinals to work with their inside linebackers.

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Sarah Thomas, who was hired in April, isn't the first woman to officiate a game, according to ESPN, but last night marked her debut as the NFL's first full-time female employee.

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So when the two shook hands, it marked a big moment for women in the NFL.

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The NFL thought so too.

The first female official meets the first female NFL coach. This is awesome. #KCvsAZ

The Chiefs went on to win the game 34 - 19.

Jen Welter. Sarah Thomas. History. 🙌 #KCvsAZ


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