NFL history will be made March 2-3. At the New Jersey Regional combine something will take place that never has since the regional combine inception in 2011. There will be a female competitor trying out.
Regional combine were introduced in introduced in 2011. Now there are ten held from January to March. From these combines the best of the best move on to Dallas for the super regional combine.
Lauren Silberman is taking a unique path to becoming an NFL kicker. She wrote a Master’s thesis at MIT about how athletes use video games to enhance their own performance. From there she founded Double Play, a consulting company that helps athletes use video games for training purposes
As a club soccer player at Wisconsin the chances of her advancing to the super regional are slim to none. Yet there is that sliver of hope. She is hoping to follow Greg “Legatron” Zuerlein’s amazing combine last year.
Silberman told NFL.com on Tuesday, “I was not aware that I was the first female registrant,” Silberman told NFL.com on Tuesday, “I was not aware that I was the first female registrant. 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.”
Silberman added, “The opportunity to attend this event could not be more exciting. Getting to meet interesting people and perfect my technique from others could not be more rewarding. Regardless of the outcome of the tryout, I hope there is a way I can contribute and strengthen the league.”
The 28-year-old Silberman is not only making history but proving that the line between women and men is getting closer and closer in sport. She is an inspiration to aspiring female athletes everywhere. Even if she doesn’t make past March 3 she has come further than any female in the sport of football. Completing in this regional is not only a historic milestone it is a movement toward equality of the sexes in sports. We at The Guardian Express wish her all the best and good luck on March 2 and 3. By Steve Kish @SteveKGuardian