Sarah Thomas is set to make history again. But did the league rush to get to the milestone?

Sarah Thomas has blazed a trail in 25 football seasons. She started calling football in her native Mississippi in 1996. This Sunday, she officiates the biggest game of the year, Super Bowl LV. When Thomas, 47, was in high school, she didn't play football, but she was a star athlete. She

A salute to the veterans in stripes

We recognize with profound respect all those who have served our country on this day, and we salute the veterans on the NFL officiating staff. http://gty.im/1190306201 LJ59 Rusty Baynes, U.S. Marine Corps, 1988-94 http://gty.im/1228501615 LJ44 SSgt. Frank LeBlanc, Texas Army National Guard, 1983-2004 http://gty.im/1183900979 FJ109 Dyrol Prioleau, U.S. Air Force, 1982-2005 http://gty.im/1182936234 SJ31 Tech Sgt. Mearl Robinson, U.S.

A salute to the veterans in stripes

We recognize with profound respect all those who have served our country on this day, and we salute the veterans on the NFL officiating staff. Click or tap an image above to open as slides.   RO Tom Sifferman (Vietnam War, USA) RO 1st Lt. Carl Madsen (Vietnam War, USAF) Of note, field judge Mearl

Documentary shadows 3 women officiating on ‘Her Turf’

To be the focus of attention in officiating is often seen as a curse, but a new documentary short spotlights three women who have worked to not only succeed, but also thrive, while wearing the stripes. Director Shantel Hansen spoke to Football Zebras about her first film, Her Turf, which premieres at

Happy 90th birthday, Jim Tunney!

If you were a fan of the NFL in the 1970s and 1980s, and when there was a marquee game on TV, there was a strong chance that Jim Tunney was the referee. The "Dean of NFL Referees" and the first official to call consecutive Super Bowls, celebrates his 90th birthday

Adrian Hill and Scott Novak promoted to referee position

The NFL has selected its two newest white hats. Today, senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron has announced that side judges Adrian Hill and Scott Novak have been promoted to the referee position. They will be replacing retirees Walt Coleman and Pete Morelli. Adrian Hill Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'vzxgWAzrRUlTQiWik1Z5cQ',sig:'5jrD_PWYTXNBqtb6pdiExKI5YMM9sdtU9BGyQILDCA0=',w:'594px',h:'428px',items:'626584758',caption: false ,tld:'com',is360:

Honoring current NFL officials who served their country

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the armistice to end the war to end all wars, we recognize with profound respect all those who have served our country on this day, and we salute the veterans on the NFL officiating staff.  Click or tap an image above to open as