History will be made at the NFL regional combine on March 2–3 in New Jersey when former Wisconsin club soccer player Lauren Silberman will compete — the first woman ever to do so.
“I was not aware that I was the first female registrant,” Silberman, 28, told NFL.com on Tuesday. “I was actually hoping that the 2012 historical milestone rule, to allow women to play (in the NFL), 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.”
Silberman sounds realistic about her chances, and if this NFL version of the Mo Isom story doesn’t work out, her life should be just fine. She holds a master’s degree from MIT — her graduating thesis was on how athletes use video games to enhance their own performance — and is the founder of a consulting company, Double Play, that helps athletes use video games for virtual training purposes.
Watch Lauren’s full interview with NFL.com by clicking here.