LOUISVILLE, KY — Last year Lauren Silberman made history as she became the first female participant in an NFL-sponsored tryout. Today, we have reports that we may see the first female to play in the NFL and that female will likely be drafted in the first round of the upcoming NFL draft.
Tamika Bridgewater, AKA Teddy Bridgewater, underwent a successful gender reassignment surgery today at the Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery.
Bridgewater, once considered the top pick in the upcoming draft, had seen his draft stock falling steadily in the last few weeks . There’s speculation among experts that Bridgewater’s draft stock could actually improve now as many NFL General Managers fear backlash from women’s rights groups if they pass on Bridgewater simply because of his new gender.
Bridgewater released a statement earlier this morning stating, “This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. Since I was a kid I’ve felt like a woman trapped in a man’s body.”
We spoke with Dr. Sherman Leis, who performed the surgery, just hours after the surgery and he confirmed that the surgery was a success stating, “The surgery went very smoothly. The only balls Teddy, er Tamika, will be carrying now will be footballs.”
Fellow players and celebrities have hit to Twitter to share their feeling: