On March 2nd, football history is going to be made when 28-year-old Lauren Silberman enters the regional scouting combine. She will become the first female to ever participate in the NFL tryouts.
“I was not aware that I was the first female registrant. 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. (source)
If Lauren impresses the scouts in New Jersey, she’ll then be asked to appear in the super-regionals held later on that month in Dallas.
So what position is she trying out for? Kicker.
Lauren was a graduate student at MIT who wrote her Master’s thesis (available here) on how athletes could use video games to enhance their performance. According to Yahoo! Sports, Vikings defensive lineman Erasmus James was a participant in her study. After graduation, she founded a consulting company called Double Play that helps athletes use games to train virtually.
Lauren appeared on NFL AM today to talk about her hopes.