Carli Lloyd reportedly received offer to kick for NFL team in preseason game
The 55-yard field goal Carli Lloyd made during a visit to Philadelphia Eagles training camp last week is having a ripple effect.
Lloyd has received interest from NFL teams since making that kick. Her trainer James Galanis even told FOX Sports’ Martin Rogers on Monday that one team even offered Lloyd the opportunity to kick in a preseason game this week. Lloyd, who has played for the US Women’s National Soccer Team since 2005, could not accept the offer because of a conflict; she also has a game with the national team that day.
“Today, she got another call from another NFL team,” Galanis told Rogers. “The one that called today, I don’t want to say who it is, was willing to put her on the roster for their next (game). They were willing to put her on the roster. … She was told (she could) play on Thursday, the NFL game, but she is playing Thursday with the national team, so that was the conflict.”
The 37-year-old two-time World Cup champion received attention after the Eagles posted videos of her making field goals last week.
Now that we have your attention, here’s a 55-yarder! pic.twitter.com/7k2WeQNUso
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 20, 2019
Lloyd said she was stunned over all the attention she received for the video, including the way it’s led to consideration of her working out for an NFL team. She told NBC Sports’ Peter King that she thinks she could kick in the NFL.
“I know that I could actually probably do it. Put on the helmet, strap on the pads, go for it. The mindset I have, I think with practice, I know I have to work on my steps and my technique, but I think I could do it and do it well. It could be a huge pivotal moment. There is no reason why a woman could not do this,” Lloyd told King.
If Lloyd actually practiced her kicking in pads and full-on football gear and became good at it, we’d love to see her in a training camp. Of course, making a kick on a practice field is one thing. How you do with an NFL rush coming at you and defensive players trying to block it is another. Can she do it in a game? There’s only one way to find out!
As for which team gave Lloyd the offer, our money is on one particular squad that’s made a spectacle of their kicking search.