Women are proving everyday that they can do anything a man can, and often times….better. Lauren Silberman is trying to prove that she can break down the barriers of the “all boys club,” better known as the NFL, by trying out for the NFL combine. The 28 year old, soccer player, didn’t have an opportunity to play football in college, like her male counter-parts, so it should be interesting to see how she measures up. Either way, it’s the first time a female has been allowed to try-out! The question is…do people want to see women playing in the NFL?
Even if kicker Lauren Silberman doesn’t catch the eye of a single NFL team during her tryout Sunday, she will have made a significant impact on the history of the league.
Silberman is the first woman to perform at an NFL regional combine, 10 smaller combines that provide a chance for lesser known prospects to make an impression on scouts. She will kick at the Jets facility in Florham Park, N.J., Sunday with fellow prospects – all male – in hopes of sparking an interest from teams that might draft them late or send them an invite to training camp.
Silberman, 28, doesn’t have nearly as much experience as some of the other kickers vying for NFL roster spots. The first female registrant played club soccer when she was in college at Wisconsin, but only recently began kicking field goals.
Silberman told USA Today she “saw the opportunity and had to go for it.” The kicker continued, “I love football, new experiences, and wanted to take the chance to learn more about the training process that leads to a successful NFL career.”
“I was not aware that I was the first female registrant,” Silberman said to NFL.com. “I was actually hoping that the 2012 historical milestone rule, to allow women to play, would prompt more women to attend tryouts this year. But for me, what’s important is to finally have a chance to fulfill my dreams by trying out to play in the world’s most competitive football league.”
Good luck Lauren! Kick some booty!
Via: NYDaily News, Bossip