Female kicker will be trying out at the NFL Combine

Female kicker makes herstory, wins tryout at NFL Combine

2/20/13 in NFL   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Blog Photo - Female kicker will be trying out at the NFL CombineThe NFL Combine is traditionally the most massively uninteresting single identifiable event on the NFL calendar. Unless you can get excited over eight-hundredths of a second's difference in a guy's 40-yard dash times, there is absolutely nothing of interest to a casual football fan happening at the detailed regimen of tryouts and assessments known as the NFL Combine -- until this year. For the first time ever, a female kicker is getting tryout for pro football at the NFL Combine.

Don't laugh. I know a few San Francisco 49ers fans who would take a girl kicker over David Akers any day of the week.

The NFL will allow a female kicker to try out at the NFL Regional Combine in New Jersey on March 2-3. The gender-barrier breaker is Ms. Lauren Silberman of New York City, a 28-year-old with a mean right leg, a master's degree from MIT, and a background in women's soccer. The Regional Combines are a little different than the main NFL Combine taking place this week in Indianapolis, but the players' shot at the NFL is still legit. Last year, 87 players from Regional Combines were signed to NFL teams.

Blog Photo - Female kicker will be trying out at the NFL CombineDo you need to see a picture of Ms. Silberman, to asses whether she is attractive? Of course you do -- and yes, she is! That is Ms. Lauren Silberman to the right (the cocktail is someone else's!). If you're kind of a horndog like me, you can find about a half-dozen pictures of that Lauren Silberman by performing a Google image search on her.

"I've always been a life-long soccer player, and someone recently videotaped me kicking a field goal," Ms. Silberman said on an interview with the NFL Network. "Others started to see the video, they encouraged me to try out and fulfill my life-long dream of playing in the world's most competitive football league."

"Regardless of the outcome of the tryout," she said, "I really hope there's a way that I can contribute and strengthen the league one day."

She sure could. If Lauren Silberman were the first woman on an NFL team, that woman would sell more than a billion dollars worth of jerseys and apparel all by herself. Every little girl in America would want a Lauren Silberman jersey -- and if any little girl didn't, her dad would force her to wear one anyway.

Analysts see Ms. Silberman's chances of making an NFL team as remote. If nothing else, though, having both male and female genders represented at the NFL Combine would make the "athletes running and jumping in underwear" event a whole bunch more interesting to watch.
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2/20/13   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

JoeKukura wrote:
Ms. Silberman declined to detail her longest kick or average range in the NFL Network interview -- only that she was "shooting to start nailing those 60s".

I did see that...I wonder if it's available anywhere else?  I'd be interested to know.  Not trying to single you out by any means...I think that the media in general should be doing their homework a little bit.  If they want to cover the story, then actually cover it and give us some of the relevant details.

2/20/13   |   JoeKukura   |   492 respect

Trokspot wrote:
nothing to report on her actual skills??  i.e. is she consistent from 40-50yards, what is her long, etc??

Ms. Silberman declined to detail her longest kick or average range in the NFL Network interview -- only that she was "shooting to start nailing those 60s".

2/20/13   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

nothing to report on her actual skills??  i.e. is she consistent from 40-50yards, what is her long, etc??