First Female Player May Finally Join the NFL -- Are You Ready? (VIDEO)

Lauren SilbermanThe NFL has always been known as a boys' club, for obvious reasons. It's a male-dominated world, from the players to the coaches to the media personalities who are commenting on said testosterone-y world. But now we've got Lauren Silberman, who's trying out at the NFL regional trials this coming Sunday in New Jersey. And she's the first woman to ever do so!

Silberman, 28, doesn't have all that much experience (she's trying out to be a kicker), but she has played soccer at the University of Wisconsin. She's probably a natural athlete too. Her shot at getting into the NFL is pretty slim, but she was able to get an invite to the trial after a video appeared online showing her making field goals at an event. Pretty cool, huh?

Let's hope she kicks (ha) ass. Wouldn't it be amazing to see a woman take the field to make a game-winning kick? Talk about Rudy-type inspiration. God I love that movie.

Anyway. Here's what she has to say on the sitch: "I am working hard to prepare but I am also realistic about my chances," she wrote in an email. "I hope my willingness to put myself out there inspires others to seize opportunities and challenges. The support from around the world has been so heartening."

These regional combines started in 2011; players who weren't invited to the main combine in Indianapolis are able to try out. Ten cities are hosting these regional combines, and the best players will advance to a super-regional in April, which will take place in Dallas, Texas.

At the regional tryouts, Lauren will be competing against college kickers who have been training like crazy for this moment, but you never know. And it seems she's treating it more as a push for diversity in the sport, not as a big publicity stunt. With a little more training and a couple more shots at the tryouts, maybe she could become the next Danica Patrick?

Best of luck to Lauren this weekend. Reportedly her goal is to kick perfect 60-yard field goals. Let's hope that she can at least make that happen!

Here she is talking about her tryout during a phone interview:

Do you think we'll soon see a day when women are playing in the NFL?

 

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nonmember avatar Mike

It wasn't an invitation. The NFL Regionals are Open Tryouts. The cost is $276. What I give her credit for is dispelling the myth that there are no open Tryouts in the NFL. Maybe this can lead to a reality television show which I think would be fun to watch or maybe I would tryout just for the pure fun of it.



"Even if your down there for one hour, you're down there."

Nycti... Nyctimene

Nope. Her combined total for her two kicks was only 30 yards which is pathetic. NFL kickers have to be able to kick 55-60+ yards in one kick reliably. She was only kicking 10-15 yards a kick and then retired with an 'injury' even after the effort. She had no idea how to even line the ball up on the tee. It was embarrassing. 

I'm all for female sports and equality but this just felt arrogant. She didn't even bother to warm up, to learn how to set a football, to practice basically at all. She just showed up and that was that. Just because she played soccer doesn't mean she can kick like you kick in NFL sports. It's like saying that anyone off the street can drive a Formula 1 race just because "it's still driving". There are big differences. 


 

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