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Female kicker to break NFL gender barrier

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 8:41am

When Lauren Silberman shows up at an NFL Regional Scouting Combine for a kicking tryout in New Jersey next month, her leg strength won't be the only facet drawing people's attention. Silberman also will make football history by becoming the first woman to participate in the event.

Silberman, 28, resides in New York City and is a University of Wisconsin graduate who played club soccer at the school. Though her background differs from most competitors, Silberman will take advantage of a relatively new NFL rule focused on gender equity. The NFL approved a guideline in 2012 allowing women to play in the league, and Silberman's appearance at the New Jersey Regional Combine on March 2-3 will be the furthest anyone has taken the rule.