“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.”
– Lauren Silberman

Lauren Silberman will be the first woman to compete at an NFL regional scouting combine


Even Lauren Silberman knows it’s a long shot. But it is a chance to make history. Oddsmakers at YouWager have not bothered to post a wager on the woman’s chances of securing a position on a National Football League team. Even as a kicker. Ms. Silberman’s explanation for her tryout attempt seems to be the same answer to the old joke about why dogs lick themselves:

Because she can.

Despite the odds, Silberman, a 28 year-old woman from New York, is very excited to be the very first female in the history of the NFL football to register for a regional scouting combine. The regional event, an NFL expert at YouWager explains, will offer an opportunity for players that were not invited to participate in the main scouting combine, happening now in Indianapolis.

In college, Silberman was a varsity soccer player for Wisconsin. Silberman has not been playing soccer or kicking any footballs recently, for any teams that YouWager’s news sources are aware of. After she played soccer for the University of Wisconsin, Silberman went to MIT and developed a formal study for her thesis about ways that athletes may be able to enhance their athletic performances through the use of video games. Erasmus James, a defensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings was one of the players that participated in Silberman’s study.

The Jersey regional combine runs March 2nd through March 3rd. YouWager’s NFL analyst says Silberman will be competing, along with other college kickers, in New Jersey for an opportunity to go to a bigger combine, the Dallas super-regional combine in April.

Silberman’s enthusiasm for her history-making tryout was apparent when she spoke with YouWager’s source. She said, “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.”

While Silberman seems to understand the slim odds of her ever getting on an NFL team, she does appear to be ready to oppose the barrier that has existed until now. Could YouWager’s NFL football betting fans see a female kicker on one of their favorite teams someday?

YouWager’s NFL authority reminds us that several years ago, few football betting fans could imagine that they would ever be cheering for a foreign-born kicker in America’s favorite sport. But it happened.