The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

June 14, 2013

Female official closing in on NFL history

Thomas not seeking to 'shatter glass ceiling'

INDIANAPOLIS — Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of Sarah Thomas' three-day stay in Indianapolis this week was how unremarkable it was in the end.

Thomas, entering her eighth-year as a line judge in Conference USA, is a part of the NFL's developmental program for game officials. She worked the Colts' mini-camp from Tuesday through Thursday, and she could become the league's first regular female official as early as next season.

But Thomas doesn't view herself as a pioneer.

"I've never been one to want to set out and shatter a glass ceiling or anything like that," she said in a classic southern drawl during a recent conference call at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. "It's just at the end of the day I'm there to officiate, and (for) the longevity of it all and (to) have a career of it. I've always said, NFL, if they're knocking on the door, I'm not gonna turn them down, believe me.

"I'm honored to be a part of this developmental program, and I'm glad that they've implemented this program for us officials. And I take it one day at a time and one snap a time."

That philosophy served her well in Indy, where her presence went largely undetected — even during the Colts' open practice in front of some 10,000 fans Wednesday at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The biggest complaint might have come from outside linebacker Robert Mathis, who took issue with an offsides penalty Thomas assessed against him. But even that can be viewed as a victory.

Player disagreements are a sure sign Thomas is being treated the same as any of her male peers.

"We had one here for the last three days, and she was outstanding from my vantage point," Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said of the possibility of a female official joining the NFL. "As far as I'm concerned, I got no issues with it."

Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - HB0722 - Luck Dungy art George Bremer: Five favorite memories of Colts camp I thought, as a kind of primer before Wednesday's main event, I'd celebrate the fifth straight summer of the Colts at AU by sharing my five favorite memories of training camp so far.

    July 21, 2014 5 Photos

  • SPT - HB0722 - Stuckey art Pacers face uphill battle after signing Stuckey Last week, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson. On Monday, they replaced one of the NBA's best young players with shooting guard Rodney Stuckey.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Marcum claims Late Model win Morristown driver Jeff Marcum has watched victories in the McGunegill Engine Performance Late Models slip away this season, but that changed Saturday at Anderson Speedway.

    July 20, 2014

  • SPT-HB0720-HoosierParkart3.JPG Miller leads Champion Driver Series

    When the format was announced for Hoosier Park’s initial Champion Driver Series, it was thought that getting either the fifth or sixth pick in every race but never first or second might be a huge disadvantage. Lewayne Miller proved otherwise.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0720 - Mireles art Mireles looks toward future after all-star finale Surrounded by his friends and family near midfield under the lights of Friday night, Elwood’s Sammy Mireles did something he’s never done in his career. The state’s all-time leading rusher freely absorbed a hit.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0720 - Tennis Classic - JC 1 Hiatt repeats, Hammel wins first title at tennis classic There was a repeat winner and a first-time winner in the Men's A Singles and Women's A Singles championship matches on Saturday morning at the 34th annual Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic.

    July 19, 2014 4 Photos

  • Hucks move on in A Doubles bracket Shawn Huck doesn't have an easy decision when it comes to picking partners for the 34th Annual Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic.

    July 18, 2014

  • SPT - HB0718 - Tennis Classic logo Varsity mixed doubles champs crowned at Tennis Classic The scene slightly resembled a war zone and slightly a country club at Anderson University on Thursday afternoon. As Indianapolis Colts personnel started tearing down tennis court bleachers and parked what appeared to be nearly 100 golf carts in preparation for training camp starting on Thursday next week, one of the first titles was handed out in the Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Champion drivers ready for series opener Saturday at Hoosier Park Harness drivers were turned into handicappers on Thursday and their effectiveness in that role will be determined Saturday night.

    July 17, 2014

  • Champion Driver Series ready to roll Saturday

    Harness drivers were turned into handicappers on Thursday and their effectiveness in that role will be determined Saturday night.

    July 17, 2014

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin

Latest Racing News