Woman competing to be an NFL kicker

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A 28-year-old New York woman is about to be the first woman ever to compete in an NFL regional scouting combine.

Lauren Silberman will compete in the NFL regional combine New Jersey in March for a chance to advance to an April 2013 super-regional combine in Dallas.

Silberman played club soccer at the University of Wisconsin and she wants to be an NFL kicker.  She wrote her master’s thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on how athletes use video games to enhance their performance.

The NFL changed its rules in 2012 to allow women to play in the league.

“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,” Silberman told NFL.com.

“Regardless of the outcome of the tryout, I hope there is a way I can contribute and strengthen the league.”

The site says Silberman is “the ultimate long shot.”