Female kicker makes herstory, wins tryout at 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.
Do 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.