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Female Kicker’s NFL Try-Out Comes Up Lame

From USA Today:

Female kicker’s historic bid ends with injury

Mike Garafolo | March 4, 2013

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Lauren Silberman’s bid to make the NFL consisted of two kickoffs totaling 30 yards, an aggravation of a quadriceps injury she said she initially suffered in training last week and a whole lot of wondering whether the entire thing was a promotional sham.

Gee, do you think?

Silberman, 28, a former MIT student who promoted her business in interviews with USA TODAY Sports and the NFL Network last week, didn’t exactly stand up to the 37 male kickers during her brief tryout at the New York/New Jersey regional scouting combine Sunday.

Silberman did not take practice kicks. She merely jogged toward a tee and made a faint kicking motion.

Maybe she didn’t want to let on too soon that she didn’t know what she was doing.

Her first kick from the 35-yard line — after it took her more than 20 seconds to place the ball on the tee — was a line drive that barely crossed midfield. The second one didn’t get past the 50.

She must kick like Obama throws. For the record, the AP reported (below) that it was her second kick that took 20 seconds to set up. The AP also reported that her first kick went only 19 yards and her second only 13 yards.

Silberman, who landed awkwardly after her first attempt, then asked if she could see a trainer.

The former college club-level soccer player with no football experience limped to the sideline and was examined for 10 minutes.

Silberman vowed to give it another try as she disappeared into the cafeteria. But after she came back onto the field and consulted with combine officials, she decided to call it a day.

"I did the right thing by my body by resting it. It would be very dangerous for me to keep pushing my quad if the muscles would continue to tear," she said.

And what about those kickoffs? "They certainly didn’t go as far as they were in practices," she said. "The distance wasn’t there, but hopefully the scouts will notice my technique. It’s not always length."

That’s what they all say. Still, if you look at the videos (at the link), she has no technique, as well.

Silberman told USA TODAY Sports last week that she had been working with former Syracuse kicker Ricky Krautman. She wouldn’t reveal the length of her longest field goal.

Asked Sunday how long her kickoffs went during practices, Silberman replied, "It’s still hard to exactly say, but I just got better day by day. The distance is getting there."

She probably didn’t know what is considered to be a good distance.

Silberman left while the rest of kickers went through a debriefing.

It sounds like she left just in time.

Three other participants in Sunday’s workout said Silberman asked multiple male kickers how to properly approach the ball for kickoffs. The participants spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because they didn’t want to hurt their chances of getting another tryout with a team…

In other words, Ms Silberman didn’t even know how to kick the ball. And that these kickers were afraid to report that fact, tells you all you need to know about the current state of the NFL and our culture in general.

Here is a much more sanitized version of the historic even, from the Associated Press:

Leg injury cuts short female kicker’s NFL tryout

By DENNIS WASZAK JR. | March 4, 2013

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Frustrated and maybe a bit embarrassed, Lauren Silberman fought back tears after kicking her way into NFL history.

She became the first woman to try out at a regional combine Sunday, but she lasted all of two kicks — none of which traveled even 20 yards. The 28-year-old Silberman hurt her right quadriceps while preparing for the tryout earlier in the week, and attributed her struggles to that injury.

"I tried staying off it and waited for today," she said. "I didn’t even take kicks in warm-ups, 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."

While some fans on Twitter praised her for breaking through in a male-dominated sport, others wondered if this was just a publicity stunt. Regardless, the NFL got plenty of attention on a Sunday in March for one of its regional combines — something most media normally ignore.

"I’m just really happy I had this amazing experience," Silberman said. "I might be the first woman trying out for the NFL, but I certainly hope I’m not the last." …

With the 36 other kickers — all male — a handful of scouts and more than two dozen media watching in complete silence at the New York Jets’ practice facility, Silberman winced as she attempted her first kickoff and the ball traveled only 19 yards.

She grabbed at her right leg, and then struggled for about 20 seconds to place the football on the tee before measuring her steps and trying a second kick.

It went about 13 yards.

She then asked to see a trainer and left the practice field, and appeared to be favoring her right leg…

So what? Ms. Silberman is famous now.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, March 4th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Female Kicker’s NFL Try-Out Comes Up Lame”

  1. I dunno, Steve. My Ex kicked my spheroids so hard they were arrested in Colorado Springs for speeding.

    (during the lawyers negotiating phase, to be fair)

  2. Rusty Shackleford

    Next up in the headlines:

    Silberman Victim Of Sexist Policies In NFL

    Good ‘Ol Boys Prevent Silberman from gaining Kicker Spot

    Men Are Just Mean (And Especially NFL Men)

    Football Proven To Be Private Club “For Men Only, No Women Allowed”

    NFL Happy To Have Women–On The Sidelines

    I knew that with this uber-leftwing twit administration, the real nutcases would come out of the wooodward…er…woodwork. Every convention in this country now appears “up for grabs” and whether the motivation is stark ignorance or intentional destruction, the results are the same.

  3. Astravogel

    I thought Kathy Ireland, in the movie “Necessary Roughness” did an
    outstanding job of kicking. Really, some of our Olympic Soccer ladies
    might want to have a go at this. After all, most American Football kickers
    do it soccer style now.

  4. usmcmgb

    And what happens in those instances when the kicker is the last line of defense after some kick returning speedster is streaking for the end zone? Are they going to recklessly try to tackle someone who will probably out weigh them by 70 pounds or more? Or is it just going to be (all in the interests of “fairness” and PC) “oh well, as long as we have a woman out there, we can feel good about ourselves. So what that they scored a TD”. Male kickers are generally poor tacklers anyway. Female kickers might just as well walk off the field after kicking, they’re not tackling anybody playing in the NFL. Let’s see how Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin or Rex Ryan feel about this. I’d love to see some female reporter ask Belichick why he doesn’t have a female kicker on the Patriots!

    • mr_bill

      If she starts talking about the “symbolism” of her tryout, she deserves to be tackled hard by somebody large (preferably several large people who will then sit on her head and squeeze all that “symbolism” dreck out of her head). If she’s just somebody who thought they could kick decently and found out it’s hard to do in front of a lot of people, then she’s no different than everybody else who never made the cut and the story should end there. Not sure there should have been a “story” in the first place. If she could squash the ball a mile on every kick, that would have been a story, but meritous, rather than the gratuitous pablum reported instead.

  5. canary

    Silberman was pretty stupid to ask her competitors for pointers.




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