Danica Patrick made news this week as the first woman to win the pole at the Daytona 500, but that was not the only landmark event in sports, as Lauren Silberman is scheduled to become the first woman to participate in the NFL regional scouting combine in March.
According to Yahoo.com, the 28-year-old Silberman is originally from New York and she is the first woman to register for an NFL regional scouting combine, which offers workouts for a number of players who were not invited to the main combine event currently going on in Indianapolis.
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The regional combine will take place in New Jersey on March 2 and 3 and the players there will have a chance to head to a main combine event in Dallas in April. Silberman is trying out as a kicker due to the fact that she played club soccer at the University of Wisconsin. According to Yahoo, she attended MIT and wrote about how athletes use video to help with there performances.
Silberman appeared on NFL Network on Wednesday and spoke about the achievement:
"I was not aware that I was the first female registrant," Silberman told NFL.com on Tuesday. "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."
"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," she said.