First full-time female NFL official assigned
NEW YORK - Sarah Thomas is among 10 new officials joining the NFL's crews this season.
NFL officiating director Dean Blandino said Friday that Thomas will work as a line judge with veteran referee Pete Morelli. Thomas already had been announced as the first woman hired by the league as a full-time, on-field official.
Another addition is side judge Walt Coleman IV, whose father Walt is a referee and the longest-tenured official in the league. The elder Coleman enters his 27th season. The younger Coleman is on Jerome Boger's crew.
There currently are three father-son combinations among NFL officials: referee Ed Hochuli and son Shawn, a back judge; and Steve Freeman (back judge) and son Brad (field judge).
Former referee Bill Leavy has joined the supervisory staff. John Hussey moves from line judge to referee. The league will have 122 officials in all.
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