On Sunday, 28-year-old female soccer player, Lauren Silberman, will become the first woman in NFL history to participate in a regional combine. And although she's only recently started to kick long-range field goals, there will be a number of people on hand to witness her attempt to break the NFL's sex barrier at the New York Jets training facility in Florham Park, N.J.
"I am working hard to prepare but I am also realistic about my chances," she wrote in an email. "I hope my willingness to put myself out there inspires others to seize opportunities and challenges. The support from around the world has been so heartening."
Silberman's push towards an NFL career has garnered the attention of many current and former kickers/punters, including former New York Giants punter and two-time Super Bowl champion Sean Landeta, who fully supports what Silberman is doing.
"I think it's courageous on her part in trying this, and certainly groundbreaking if she could prove her skills are good enough to play in the NFL,'' he said. ''What a team's policy would be as far entertaining the thought in signing a female, that's still debatable. No one knows that answer. … I give her points for giving it a shot. She's obviously following her dream."
The odds are long, especially as she'll be kicking amidst a group of men with far more experience than her, than it's a tremendous step for women who hope to someday put on the pads and play in the National Football League.
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