Lauren Silberman Becomes First Female To Earn NFL Tryout

Lauren Silberman Becomes First Female To Earn NFL TryoutIf we’re being completely honest, Lauren Silberman’s odds of making a NFL team as its kicker are pretty much nonexistent. However, the long-shot nature of her bid isn’t stopping the 28-year-old New Yorker from becoming the first woman in history to register for an NFL regional scouting combine.

‘Club soccer player’

Silberman will compete alongside college kickers in New Jersey on March 2 and 3 for the right to advance to a Dallas super-regional combine in April.

Silberman doesn’t have any recent football kicking duties on her résumé. She was a club soccer player at the University of Wisconsin and attended MIT where she wrote a thesis on how athletes use video games to improve their performance. (Former Badgers and Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Erasmus James was a participant in her study.)


‘First female registrant’

From NFL.com:

“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…”

So, yeah, it sounds like Silberman is realistic about her chances. But it also sounds like she’s eager to break down a wall and pave the way for a female kicker who might make a team in the future. Best of luck to her.

Do you think after Lauren Silberman, more women will be encouraged to try out for the NFL? Can she make it to the final cut?

Source: Kevin Kaduk, Yahoo Sports

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Newsweek: Obama Is The Country’s ‘First Gay President’

It won’t be nearly as controversial as Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover, but Newsweek’s May 21 issue declares Barack Obama the country’s “first gay president.”

The accompanying cover story was written by Andrew Sullivan, the popular–and openly gay–political blogger. The magazine even gives the commander-in-chief a rainbow halo. Obama, Sullivan writes, “had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family.”

The full cover story is not yet online, but in a blog post published earlier this week, Sullivan wrote that Obama’s support of gay marriage brought him to tears. The New Yorker, which is also out with a cover story on gay marriage, took a bit more subtle approach with its May 21 issue.


“It’s a celebratory moment for our country, and that’s what I tried to capture,” Bob Staake, the artist behind the New Yorker cover, said. “I don’t especially like those rainbow colors, but they are what they are—I had to use them… I wanted to celebrate the bravery of the President’s statement—a statement long overdue—but all the more appreciated in this political year. We are on the right side of history.”

What do you think of Obama’s declaration of support for the gay community? Share your thoughts with us!

Source & Image: Yahoo News