Mississippi’s Sarah Thomas, female NFL official-in-training, at New Orleans Saints camp

Sarah Thomas, a female trainee in the NFL's officials program, works at the New Orleans Saints' NFL football training camp at the team's training facility on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Metairie. La. Thomas lives near Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Eliot Kamenitz)

Sarah Thomas, a female trainee in the NFL’s officials program, works at the New Orleans Saints’ NFL football training camp at the team’s training facility on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Metairie. La. Thomas lives near Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/The Advocate, Eliot Kamenitz)

Associated Press
METAIRIE, La. — A woman who could become the NFL’s first female official is training at New Orleans Saints training camp this week.
Sarah Thomas, who lives in Brandon, Miss., is a former college basketball player at the University of Mobile who started officiating high school games at age 23 and says she never dreamed then that she could become a candidate to officiate NFL games.
Now 40-years old and with three children, she has been officiating college football in Conference USA since 2007, is a member of the NFL’s Officiating Development Program and a finalist to become a permanent NFL official. She arrived at Saints camp Thursday and will train there Friday and during Saturday’s scrimmage.
She has trained at Saints camp in previous years, and Saints coach Sean Payton says she does “a great job.”
Thomas attended Pascagoula High School.