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UMobile grad is NFL full-time female official

MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- The NFL's first full-time female game official, Sarah Thomas, is a former University of Mobile athlete. Thomas, who played basketball at UMobile from 1992-95, will be a line judge for the 2015 season. Based on performance, she will have the opportunity to move into other roles, including the highest position of referee. The NFL made the formal announcement April 8, capping days of speculation by sports media outlets.