Female kicker goes down early at NFL regional combine
Standing at the 35-yard line Laura Silberman’s first kick made only 19 yards while the second try was even more dismal, going only 14 yards. Laura Silberman winced at the second kickoff, calling for a trainer, who reportedly examined a re-aggravated quadriceps injury. Remaining on the sidelines, Laura Silberman watched the other 36 kickers try out.
Half an hour later, she undertook a 3 minute interview, describing her historical tryout as the first female at compete at the NFL regional scouting combine as “surreal” experience, while thanking the NFL for the “tremendous opportunity.''
Prior to the tryout in front of scouting teams, Laura Silber didn’t even participate in warmup kicks and struggled to keep the ball on the kicking tee.
''I've always been an athlete, and I've always been a gamer,'' said an emotional Laura Silberman after what can be assumed the end of the former Wisconsin club soccer player. ''When I had the opportunity to be in the NFL, one of the world's most competitive leagues, I absolutely had to take the chance.''
Laura Silberman said that she sustained a quadriceps injury during preparations earlier this week and it kept her limited during try out today as well.
''I tried staying off it and waited for today,'' said Laura Silberman. ''I didn't even take kicks in warmups, and, it's pretty hard to know that you'll be in pain and I wanted to work through it and I certainly tried to, but I just couldn't do it today.''
The 28-year-old Laura Silberman believed it was “too bad that this happened” to her and she remains assured that she “did the right things” by resting her injured quadriceps before the tryout. However, Laura Silberman regretted not being able “to do more” and expect another chance from the NFL in the future. Laura Silberman seemed to be favoring her right foot while hobbling out of the complex after re-aggravating the quadriceps injury.
''I would certainly be very, very excited and happy if I had the opportunity to try again,'' said Laura Silbermans, ''but it's not up to me. It's up to the scouts.''
This s the second straight year the NFL regional scouting combine has been held, inviting other prospective talent from across the country, excluding the 333 invited to the main combine in Indianapolis. The regional scouting combines are held in 10 major cities this offseason, to determine the most solid performing players to advance to the super-regional tryout at Dallas in April.