First Woman to Compete at NFL Combine Withdraws
Lauren Silberman was the first woman to try out for the NFL. She is a 28 year old soccer player who played club soccer at Wisconsin. She attended the regional tryouts at the Jets training facility. There are 10 regional facilities for those not invited to Indianapolis.
“I saw the opportunity and had to go for it,” Silberman told USA Today last week. “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. It was a bit of a surprise to some but mostly just an outcry of ‘That’s my girl! (and) “You go, Silbs!’ … My family and friends seem to be getting a kick out of this.”
She was kicking off from the thirty five yard line. The first kick barely made it to midfield, and the second didn’t go that far. She apparently pulled a hamstring muscle.
She praised the NFL for giving her the opportunity.
“I hope my willingness to put myself out there inspires others to participate as athletes at this level,” said Silberman, who only recently started practicing long-range field goals.
Those who excel at regional combines get invited to the Super Regional Combine in Dallas next month. Players such as Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein have made it all the way from regional combines to the NFL.
Columnist-The Guardian Express