History made: NFL's first female ref meets first female coach on field

In a few weeks, once the games count in the standings, Sarah Thomas will become the NFL's first female official, and Jen Welter will become the NFL's first assistant coach. On Saturday, the two trailblazers shared a word on the field before the Cardinals hosted the Chiefs in a Week 1 preseason matchup.

The league announced that Thomas would become a full-time official in April, and Cardinals coach Bruce Arians added Welter to staff in July.

Sarah Thomas and Jen Welter talk before Saturday's preseason game. (USATSI)
Sarah Thomas and Jen Welter talk before Saturday's preseason game. (USATSI)
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Ryan Wilson joined CBS Sports in June 2011. He covers the NFL and NFL Draft for CBSSports.com and CBS Sports HQ, and is a regular on the Pick Six Podcast. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from... Full Bio

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