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Female kicker's NFL tryout lasts all of 2 kicks

By Dennis Wazak Jr.

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:19 a.m. HST, Mar 04, 2013

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. » Lauren Silberman's NFL tryout lasted all of two kicks, neither of which traveled 20 yards.

Silberman became the first woman to compete at an NFL regional scouting combine on Sunday, but left the New York Jets' practice field after re-injuring her quadriceps. She tried two kickoffs, the first going 19 yards and the second about 13 yards, and then asked to see a trainer.

As more than two dozen media, including E! Entertainment network, watched her every move, the 28-year-old Silberman was examined off to the side of the practice field. About 30 minutes later, while 36 other kickers continued their workouts, she called the scene "surreal" and thanked the NFL for "this tremendous opportunity."

A former club soccer player at Wisconsin, Silberman took no warmup kicks until she attempted her first kickoff and even appeared to have some trouble keeping the football on the kicking tee.

"I've always been an athlete, and I've always been a gamer," she said while fighting back tears. "When I had the opportunity to be in the NFL, one of the world's most competitive leagues, I absolutely had to take the chance."

Silberman said she suffered a quadriceps injury while preparing for the tryout earlier in the week, and attributed her struggles to that.

"I tried staying off it and waited for today," she said. "I didn't even take kicks in warmups, and, it's pretty hard to know that you'll be in pain and I wanted to work through it and I certainly tried to, but I just couldn't do it today."

Silberman, who spoke to the media for 3 minutes after the tryout, insisted she can "do more" and "it's too bad that this happened." She also said she "did the right thing" and anticipates trying to kick again in the future.

Silberman appeared to be favoring her right leg when she left the complex soon after that.

"I would certainly be very, very excited and happy if I had the opportunity to try again," she said, "but it's not up to me. It's up to the scouts."

The regional combines debuted in 2011, and include players who weren't among the 333 invited to the main combine in Indianapolis. The NFL is holding these sessions in 10 cities this offseason, with the most impressive players advancing to a super-regional in April in Dallas.

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maka02 wrote:
That's more than most people would do. Congrats for just trying!
on March 3,2013 | 03:37PM
Wardog wrote:
What a joke
on March 3,2013 | 04:14PM
pcman wrote:
After the kickoff, her team would have ten players to defend against the return. Get real. No NFL team would take the risk of giving up kickoff returns to an opponent.
on March 3,2013 | 04:19PM
Kiyoshi2011 wrote:
What a waste of time
on March 3,2013 | 05:06PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Kiyoshi, I agree. Moreover, if she knew she was injured, she should of just stayed off the field, because she set back women participating in men's sport 75 yds. In the 1990s, Punahou had an excellent female place kicker, an AYSO player, who was better than many male kickers. So I'm convinced that there is a woman out there wom can compete with men for place kicker. Now, this woman has given many people who feel women can't make it in men's sports good grounds to blanketly reject women from even being given chance at a tryout.
on March 4,2013 | 10:51AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
What an onside kick! It would surely fool the other team. Almost like a swinging bunt.
on March 3,2013 | 06:45PM
eros_et_logia wrote:
There are many women who could do better than that. This girl is an idiot.
on March 3,2013 | 08:13PM
iwanaknow wrote:
And how many women will try next year?
on March 3,2013 | 08:17PM
9ronboz wrote:
aclu forcing nfl to mix league format down the road
on March 3,2013 | 09:48PM
Ronin006 wrote:
I have no problems with women being used as water girls.
on March 4,2013 | 08:03AM
concerned4808 wrote:
what a joke and waste of time.
on March 3,2013 | 10:18PM
ufried wrote:
can't wait to see dennis rodman back in basketball... in the wnba!
on March 4,2013 | 05:32AM
IAmSane wrote:
on March 4,2013 | 06:12AM
loquaciousone wrote:
on March 4,2013 | 06:20AM
IAmSane wrote:
on March 4,2013 | 12:05PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Oweee owweee oohh that last kick only went 15 yards.. I betta make like my leg sore so that I no make an asss of myself anymore.
on March 4,2013 | 06:19AM
BigOpu wrote:
Hmmm. I would like to say something in support of her giving it the ole college try, but in that same vein, who invited her to try? Go for it girl...on any given Sunday.
on March 4,2013 | 07:59AM