The argument can be made that being a kicker is one of the toughest jobs in the NFL considering the amount of pressure they face at certain times of the game to connect on field goals that could end up playing a crucial part in the outcome of the game. While football has seen a few female athletes participate in tryouts over the years, there was a first with Lauren Silberman–who became the first female kicker to try out at a Regional Combine.
As impressive as this historical even was, it was a shame to see Silberman’s tryout get cut short after suffering a quad injury early on. In fact, Silberman only lasted two kicks that went 19 and 13 yards before she was forced to end the tryout–so it’s a shame to see things end this way after all of the hype.
Still, Silberman deserves all of the credit in the world for having the courage to make history by giving it a shot at the Regional Combine considering the amount of pressure she’s most likely been facing over the last couple of weeks. The 28-year-old grad from MIT played club soccer in Wisconsin and even told members of the NFL Network she was capable of kicking a field goal from 60 yards–which is why she was catching the eye of numerous counts.
Despite the early exit this year, it will be interesting to see if Silberman decides to give it a shot once again in the future when she becomes healthy again.