Over the weekend, I read about a 28-year-old woman who paid $275 to participate in the NFL Combine as a kicker. The expectation by participating in the Combine is that you are the best at what you do and that you are in the best shape of your life. The NFL is serious business and Lauren Silberman made a mockery of it. During her five minutes of fame with the media, she was more interested in promoting herself and her business interests. Ms. Silberman was a club-level soccer player in college who trained with a former college kicker in preparation for her tryout. Unfortunately, she kicked twice at the NFL Combine, barely reaching midfield from the 35-yard line on her first kick and never reaching it on her second kick. She injured herself and had to see a trainer after her second kick. Her actual quote was, "Hopefully the scouts will notice my technique. It's not always length." You can't be serious????
I feel sorry for this woman. In an effort of self-promotion, she embarrassed herself and made it difficult for women going forward who really feel that they can compete at a professional level. The complete antithesis of Ms. Silberman is the women whom I get to interact with every day. From my wife (RN now involved with charitable interests in the region) and daughters (Jessica who heads Boeing's Community Foundation in South Carolina and Lauren who is a Naval Officer), to the female executives with whom I work, the directors, the managers, the nurses, the business leaders, the therapists, the accountants, the physicians, the assistants and the list goes on. These are phenomenal individuals who are the best at what they do every day. Truly special people who can compete with anyone at any level at any time. Take that, Ms. Silberman.