FLORHAM PARK, N.J. —
The 5-foot-6 Silberman, with her long brown hair pulled into a ponytail, jogged up and down the sideline during warm-ups, trying to get loose as photographers and camera crews from the likes of E! Entertainment network followed her every move.
By the time her group was called, nearly 3 hours after she arrived, Silberman — wearing a black T-shirt with her player tag No. 68 on the back and white socks pulled up to her knees — stretched her legs, did some push-ups and a few sit-ups. She then chatted a bit with Sonny Powell, another former soccer player from Charlotte, as she waited for her turn to kick.
“In talking to some of the other guys out here, I don’t think her being a girl had anything to do with it,” Powell said. “We’re all playing for a job here and everybody’s nerves were going crazy.”
Silberman’s goal was to try a 60-yard field goal. That thought was squashed just minutes into her tryout.
“You know, the distance wasn’t there, but hopefully the scouts will notice my technique,” she said. “It’s not always length.”
Silberman, who spoke for just 3 minutes after the tryout, insisted she can “do more” and “it’s too bad that this happened.” She called the scene “surreal,” adding that she “did the right thing for my body” by not continuing and anticipates trying to kick again in the future — possibly at another regional combine next year.
Silberman left the complex soon after that.
“I would certainly be very, very excited and happy if I had the opportunity to try again,” she said, “but it’s not up to me. It’s up to the scouts.”