Earlier this year, the NFL’s Regional Combines drew some attention after a publicity stunt featuring Lauren Silbermann, who tried out as a kicker even though she had never kicked a football competitively.
Now, the NFL is trying to draw attention to the Regional Combines again.
According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL, through press release, has pointed out that 29 players who participated in the Regional or Super Regional Combines made NFL rosters at the start of this season. In reality, only 10 of these players made active rosters, 14 made practice squads, and five were placed on injured-reserve.
While the Regional Combine is a good place for players to start who may have been previously overlooked, it doesn’t make much sense for the NFL to be advertising it, and even touting potential NFL stardom, unless they are trying to get more people to come out and participate.
And, as Silbermann proved last year, practically anyone can. All you need is to be at least three years removed from high school, and pay a registration fee of $275.
While the NFL is certainly always looking for new ways to make money, I have this feeling that they don’t need the $275 out of the pockets of football wannabes an attention seekers. But, then again, any publicity is good publicity, right?
Hey, but if you have $275 and think you have what it takes, you can register here.