Lauren Silberman’s pursuit of a favorable place in NFL History came to a screeching halt on Sunday.
Silberman, had to retire from the NFL Regional Scouting Combine after two kicks because of a quadriceps injury. Adding insult to injury, the two kicks she did get off didn’t go further than 20 yards. After her second attempt, Silberman motioned for a trainer and that was that.
While summing up the experience afterwards, the resident of New York said that she picked up the injury while training earlier in the week.
“They certainly didn’t go as far as they were in practices,” Silberman said, “but I tried to work through the pain.”
“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.”
The emotions of the situation got to Silberman when she told reporters what the whole experience meant.
“I’ve always been an athlete, and I’ve always been a gamer,” she said while fighting back tears. “When I had the opportunity to be in the NFL, one of the world’s most competitive leagues, I absolutely had to take the chance.”
“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.”
Silberman even left the door open for a possible mulligan next year, but conceded that it wasn’t up to her.
“I would certainly be very, very excited and happy if I had the opportunity to try again,” she said, “but it’s not up to me. It’s up to the scouts.”
In a report by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the whole the thing may be a lame publicity stunt by the NFL to draw more attention the the Regional Scouting Combine which to be fair I had no idea existed until Friday, so there I guess it worked. I feel used.