Lauren Silberman might actually make the NFL!!
That's right, Lauren is looking to join an NFL team as a kicker, specializing in long-range field goals. If you haven't noticed, Lauren is a woman, and that means she'll be the first female kicker scheduled to try out at the NFL regional combine. Who cares if the odds are against her?
If she has the talent, they shouldn't ignore that!
"I am working hard to prepare but I am also realistic about my chances. I hope my willingness to put myself out there inspires others to seize opportunities and challenges. The support from around the world has been so heartening."
That's because the whole thing is super inspiring!!
"I love football, new experiences, and wanted to take the chance to learn more about the training process that leads to a successful NFL career. It was a bit of a surprise to some but mostly just an outcry of 'That's my girl! (and) "You go, Silbs!' … My family and friends seem to be getting a kick out of this."
She wants to play for the NFL and she makes kicking puns?? HIRE HER!
A woman has never had the opportunity to play in the NFL. If one did, it most likely would be at kicker in the beginning. Even then, she doesn't have the experience of kicking for a team at the college lever (she played soccer), so the odds are stacked against her from a qualification standpoint from the get-go.
The thing is, though, if she puts up the accuracy and numbers… her experience matters very little!
Good luck, Lauren!!
[Image via NFL.com.]