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Last year’s regional combine created a success story with Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein being drafted in the 6th round. Could the first female to ever participate be as successful? (Credit: AP Photo)
Back in 2011, the NFL introduced a regional scouting combine concept in which ten cities hold combines from January to March. Then, the top competitors attend a larger combine in April. This year’s top combine takes place in Dallas in April. However, the news comes from what is happening this year during the March 2nd and 3rd combine in New Jersey.
For the first time ever, a female will participate in the combine process.
Lauren Silberman of New York City will participate as a kicker.
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal explains the path Silberman took to get to this position.
“A varsity soccer player at Wisconsin, Silberman has taken a different path than your average college kicker. She wrote a Master’s thesis at MIT about how athletes use video games to enhance their own performance. She then founded a consulting company Double Play that helps athletes use video games for virtual training purposes.”
Silberman says she was not actually aware that she is the first female to participate in the process.
“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,” Silberman said.
The regional combine process could be a success when you consider that Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein was a part of the process before being drafted in the 6th round of last year’s NFL draft.
Could Silberman being drafted this year?
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