The 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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