Say what?! Lauren Silberman is breaking barriers as she becomes the first female to compete in a NFL Regional Scouting Combine. She will be putting her leg to the test alongside other college kickers on March 2nd and 3rd in New Jersey with the hopes of advancing to the Dallas super regional combine in April. Although she has no football experience, she was a club soccer player at the University of Wisconsin and attended MIT where she wrote a thesis on how athletes use video games to improve their performance.
“I was not aware that I was the first female registrant,” Silberman told NFL.com on Tuesday. “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.
“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.”
In 2012, the NFL approved a guideline allowing women to play in the league. And although many people see her chances as slim to none to make it to the NFL, it is exciting and inspiring to see a woman breaking down barriers in one of my favorite sports! You better werk girl!
Click the link below to watch Lauren in action on the NFL network.