The first female to tryout for the NFL has her historic bid end in injury. Lauren Silberman’s NFL tryout lasted for two kicks and neither traveled further than 20 yards, according to Channel 5 ABC News on Monday, March 4, 2013. The female kicker was homebound after that with an injury.
The 28-year-old Silberman made history anyway as the first woman to compete at the NFL regional scouting combine. She left the N.Y. Jet’s practice field after re-injuring her quadriceps on Sunday. Silberman asked to see a trainer after attempting just two kicks, one going 19 yards and the other going just 13 yards.
The media was there watching Silberman’s tryout, but it proved disappointing. After she went off to the side to get medical attention, she thanked the folks from the NFL for “this tremendous opportunity,” before making her departure.
Silberman started her kicking career as a club soccer player at Wisconsin. Out on the field Sunday she looked to be having trouble keeping the football on the kicking tee. The history making kicker held back the tears when speaking to the media after her tryout ended so abruptly.
She told the media that while preparing for the tryouts earlier in the week she injured her quadriceps and said the failed attempt at the tryouts was due to that injury. She didn’t even take warm-up kicks as she was trying to preserve what she had for the tryout and at the same time she tried not to aggravate her injury.
The history making kicker has every intent to try again in the future. She did appear to be favoring her right leg when seen on the field Sunday.