The NFL announced its list of regular season referees for the 2015 season, which includes Sarah Thomas, a longtime college football official.
Thomas was a favored candidate for a permanent NFL officiating position in 2014. Thomas is the first woman to hold a full-time officiating position with the league.
The 42-year-old Mississippi native was a prolific high school and college athlete. She decided to pursue officiating in 1996 after attending a meeting of high school football referees in Florida.
Thomas told ABC News that she decided pursue officiating when she realized she wanted to know more about the game.