Carli Lloyd serious about pursuing NFL chance — in 2020

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There was apparently a team in the NFL willing to make a gimmick of Carli Lloyd, to give the soccer star a chance to kick in Thursday’s preseason finale (which would raise the number of reasons to watch them to one).

But if Lloyd’s going to do this, she’s going to take it seriously.

Via Graham Hays of espnW.com, Lloyd’s manager James Galanis said if the two-time World Cup champion and two-time FIFA women’s player of the year was going to pursue an NFL job, she was going to spend the next few months preparing for a bid in the 2020 offseason.

“If she’s going to do this, she’ll do it — she’ll train in the offseason, she’ll get herself ready so that she just doesn’t do it for the sake of doing it,” Galanis said. “If she’s going to do it, she’s going to do it so that she can be a success.”

Lloyd made an appearance at a Ravens-Eagles joint practice, and went viral when she hit a 55-yard field goal through a narrow set of uprights. But she did so with a five-step running start at the kick, and Galanis said part of her work would be getting accustomed to the shorter two-step approach most NFL kickers take.

“We’ll try kicking balls with a couple of steps,” Galanis said. “And if her range is still the same . . . then that’s an important piece we knocked over because we’ll know that she can kick the ball 55 yards with two steps, the same way an NFL player could.

“Once we knock that over, we’ll contact one of the NFL teams and tell them that we’re interested and we’d like to come down and spend some time with their field goal-kicking coaches and let them make some tweaks and fix her technique or adjust her technique. From there, bring in the team, and she can do it live at training in kind of like a realistic situation.”

Lloyd sent Galanis a screen shot of a text from an NFL General Manager offering a chance to kick in a game Thursday, one of two teams she’s had contact with.

Lloyd will be 38 when NFL teams open camp next year, so the clock is ticking if she wants to give this a try. Thursday wasn’t the right time since the U.S. women’s national team plays against Portugal the same night. And she’s said in the past she hoped to play soccer through the 2020 Olympics (to try for a third gold medal), but if that doesn’t happen, she might have a chance to break another barrier.

81 responses to “Carli Lloyd serious about pursuing NFL chance — in 2020

  1. You know, when I was in high school, I could make 50+ yard field goals in practice when there was no rush and the wind was at my back. I never once thought I deserved an NFL tryout.

  2. Won’t happen and it has nothing to do with being a woman or man. If it was so easy for other kicking sport athletes to switch to football place kicking others would’ve done it already. The league has a hard enough time filling 32 kicking jobs with guys who already know the technique and are able to do it successfully. And considering the money they get to kick a ball if it were so easy it would’ve happened by now.

  3. Can she tackle on odd occasions and if so can she take the hit from a ST player? I doubt it. It reminds me of the battle of sexes in tennis way back. Football is still a physical game the last time I checked……even for kickers and punters

  4. She is listed at 141 pounds… Even small NFL players have 30-40 pounds on her. This is a bad idea.

  5. She’s all of 141 lbs. Say she tries a long field goal, its short and a player catches it and runs it back. She’s going to get annihilated on the run back.

  6. I keep seeing stories about this, but no one mentions the locker room dynamic. Surely, they would have to have a separate “dressing room”/shower area for a female athlete(s). I would be interested to see how they would accommodate this as well as know how the female athlete feels to be isolated from the team. Ultimately, while it’s fun to hypothesize, I don’t think this will gain much traction in the future.

  7. I don’t think there’s a realistic chance that she can be one of the 32 best football kickers in the world. There is a lot more nuance to kicking than you think.

    When you kick a FG in a live game, it has to be quick. There is a rush. The ball will be blocked if you don’t kick it high enough. NFL kickers don’t just pick it up on a whim, they’ve been doing it for their whole football career. If you watch warm-ups, most NFL kickers can hit a 55 yard field goal somewhat consistently with no rush, and they’re not taking 5 steps. Not to mention, kickers usually have kickoff return coverage responsibilities.

    It’s a fun story. I really hope I’m wrong, because I’d love to see it happen… But don’t hold your breath.

  8. This will never happen. She doesn’t know if she can kick a football 55 yards with two steps? How long does that take to figure out? You just need a football and a tee and a field. She could do that today. This seems to just be about publicity by her PR team.

  9. Imagine you are a good college kicker but you’re on the fence when it comes to making it in the NFL. You’ve been kicking field goals the last 8 years of your life between high school and college.

    Because this soccer player kicked a “kickoff-style” field goal with a full Usain Bolt sprint before kicking the ball…she is now being “considered” for the NFL.

    I call BS on all of this. Plenty of kickers (ones not even in the NFL) can make a 55 yard “kickoff-style” practice FG. The real test is can you do it accurately, with a rush, and a traditional 2 step approach.

  10. How nice of this 38 year old pro athlete to possibly steal a job from an undrafted rookie kicker

  11. Give her a chance, but I doubt she can win a fair competition, as opposed to a PR based decision to be the first team to play a woman.

  12. So someone that has never in the NFL wants to have teams send their coaching staffs to work with this person to see if they can possibly make the person viable to play in the NFL rather than just taking the normal course of looking at the candidates who worked their entire life to make themselves NFL ready without any NFL teams sending their coaching staffs to help.

  13. I kick field goals at the local park. I’ve done it for years. I should be able to try out too. In fact, YouTube is full of guys and gals kicking field goals. They should also have a chance. It’s amazing how many football players are on YouTube.

  14. Its tough enough for a seasoned professional with many years of experience to make a roster.Try making that kick with Von Miller streaking in from the wing. There will only be 32 active kickers, so…no. But I can see the XFL. That would get a few viewers.

  15. NFL is generally trying to polish its image in regard to violence against women. Football is a violent game. Now they want to put a woman (5’7”- ~130lbs) on the football field to play in a violent game against the most athletic men in the world. I realize the odds are low that she would take a hit, or have to try to make a tackle, but c’mon. Imagine a 220 lb guy flying in to block a kick and hitting her in the knee or lower leg. What’s after that, attempted kick blocks are illegal if the kicker is a woman?

  16. The team that called her presumably has a need for a kicker, and may not have the same need next year. I would be very surprised if she has any kind of a standing offer that she can take up whenever she chooses.

  17. Pure money grab/gimmick for whatever team may play her in preseason or regular season. They’d put some butts in the seats and quickly print and sell tons of jerseys to naive tween girls. If a 38-year old female can boom a 55 yarder, imagine what a 25-year old MLS benchwarmer could do if he’s looking to improve his income.

  18. That’s awesome, I’d welcome seeing a woman play a position like that in the NFL.

  19. You’re seriously going to tell me that the best option for a female kicker in the NFL is a 38-year-old on the verge of retirement? Give me a break. Hey, if she can do it, good for her, but let’s not pretend this is anything more than a publicity stunt at this point. If the NFL is going to seriously consider women as kickers, then open up the field of applicants to all women, not just some famous soccer player in her twilight years.

  20. Severus13 says:
    August 28, 2019 at 8:10 am
    So someone that has never in the NFL wants to have teams send their coaching staffs to work with this person to see if they can possibly make the person viable to play in the NFL rather than just taking the normal course of looking at the candidates who worked their entire life to make themselves NFL ready without any NFL teams sending their coaching staffs to help.

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    And don’t forget that she will also expect to be paid the same as experienced NFL kickers because that’s fair.

  21. I read this and immediately thought of Garo Yepremian when he tried to pass after a botched FG hold. Imagine the hue and cry if she was in that situation and was crushed by a 230 lb LB at full speed.

  22. The outpouring of sympathy for undrafted kickers here is truly amazing. Almost equally amazing is how none of these people cared one bit about undrafted kickers until a woman was mentioned for the job.

  23. Maybe one day a woman will be able to do this, It would be great, but it will be someone who have worked at it for years at a young age, not a 38 years old having fun on a football field and getting sudden ambitions…

  24. thickcutbacon says:
    August 28, 2019 at 8:12 am
    Has to be Chicago or Buffalo
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    The obvious landing spot in Minnesota so that she can miss 5 FGs in one game and set an NFL record that will never be broken.

  25. Why are’t we fishing from the men’s soccer team as well? Do you think they could also kick 55 yard field goals? Why would you exclude them from your kicking competition if you are including Lloyd?

  26. They are hundreds of male soccer players around the world that could kick a 70 yard field goals the way she kicked it. There aren’t 32 men on earth that can consistently kick 55 yard field goals with 2 steps, guys in their face, in front of 70 thousand screaming fans. Total joke.

  27. I’m going to have to re watch “Necessary Roughness” now. Manu, Manu! Snap me the ball!

  28. Everyone here is stating the obvious… OBVIOUSLY the odds are low that she can actually do this. But come on. How cool would it be to see some 130 lb person trot on to an NFL field on live TV on a sunday and nail a 50 YD field goal? I’d love to see it happen.

  29. Just stop it. There is a video on Facebook of a kid in my hometown high school (six man) team kicking a 55 yard field goal. AND he was wearing pads and only took 2-3 steps. I guess he is ready for the NFL too?

  30. When you say gimmick and you say kicking needs all roads lead to Chicago. There is no more gimmicky offense and team then the Bears, and gawd knows, their kicking needs are well documented, add in breaking the gender barrier, in the 100th year of the leagues existing with the founding franchise, it cannot get more better than that, for the worlds greatest marking organization, the NFL!

  31. Im all for it (the try out) but please, lets bring some clarity and reality here. She kicked “field goals” with a 4-5 step run-up and ZERO defensive line barreling in. Lord help her if she has to make an open field tackle.

  32. There are high schools across the country with female kickers, so this isn’t something new. Do I think she’ll be able to do it? I would say no, mostly for the reasons people have listed, but I’d like to see her given a chance. This isn’t an equal opportunity thing or anything like that. She’d have to go into it with both eyes open, especially the part about possibly having to make a tackle. Give her a chance, I say.

  33. I want a female in the NFL just because it will make some of you upset. Some of you can claim it doesn’t bother you, but I know it does.😏

    I have zero issue with a female in the NFL. If not Carli, it will happen at some point. Adding strong talent to league is always a positive and makes the NFL better.

  34. “There aren’t 32 men on earth that can consistently kick 55 yard field goals…”.

    Totally ludicrous. There are a lot more men and women who can perform this feat. They just haven’t been found.

  35. Hahha. This will never, ever happen. She’s almost 40, weighs a 140 pounds and has never kicked in a game at any level. If you think this is going to happen then you’re a fool. If this were realistic then there would be 1,000’s of men’s soccer players lining up for these jobs.

  36. billiever2019 says:
    August 28, 2019 at 6:57 am
    You know, when I was in high school, I could make 50+ yard field goals in practice when there was no rush and the wind was at my back. I never once thought I deserved an NFL tryout.

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    Were you a professional soccer player that was a two time FIFA player of the year?

  37. rohanz2000 says:
    August 28, 2019 at 7:13 am
    Can she tackle on odd occasions and if so can she take the hit from a ST player? I doubt it. It reminds me of the battle of sexes in tennis way back. Football is still a physical game the last time I checked……even for kickers and punters

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    She is an world class athlete. Probably can take a hit and out run any kicker in the NFL.

  38. therealjr says:
    August 28, 2019 at 10:10 am
    Pass on the carnival side show.

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    Why is it a sideshow? There is a great chance that one of the greatest female soccer players in history is better at kicking than someone in the NFL.

  39. If she can make kicks, why not? Teams go through kickers like people change clothes. There are teams who already employ kickoff specialist, so she can definitely fit in a defined role.

  40. It’s pretty easy to figure out the two teams that spoke to her. Eagles and Ravens. At the joint practice. Outside of that, nobody has spoken to her.

  41. She’s been kicking a round ball for her entire life…she’s going to have to compete against guys that have been kicking a football since middle school.

    Kevin Harvick said it best about Danica Patrick…

    “I had 20 years on her when she started in a stock car. That is experience, and the things that come with that, you are never going to make up that ground. As long as I’m still racing, I’m going to be 20 years ahead regardless…”

  42. Why is it a problem for people? She’s either good enough to do it or she isn’t. Don’t get why people would doubt her before she’s even given it a shot.

  43. Donna Martin Graduates says:
    August 28, 2019 at 11:40 am
    She’s been kicking a round ball for her entire life…she’s going to have to compete against guys that have been kicking a football since middle school.

    Kevin Harvick said it best about Danica Patrick…

    “I had 20 years on her when she started in a stock car. That is experience, and the things that come with that, you are never going to make up that ground. As long as I’m still racing, I’m going to be 20 years ahead regardless…”

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    No… she’s going to complete against sub par athletes that are kicking specialists. She was the best player in the world at her sport. Have to give her some credit.

  44. J K says:
    August 28, 2019 at 7:07 am
    Won’t happen and it has nothing to do with being a woman or man. If it was so easy for other kicking sport athletes to switch to football place kicking others would’ve done it already. The league has a hard enough time filling 32 kicking jobs with guys who already know the technique and are able to do it successfully. And considering the money they get to kick a ball if it were so easy it would’ve happened by now.
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    Agree with this 100% but you are discounting the novelty and marketing aspect of it. Like it or not, the NFL is an entertainment business and a lot of fans would be amused by it – especially if she can do it with any level of success.

  45. xbam says:
    August 28, 2019 at 10:49 am
    fellow commentators…its a publicity stunt…that;s all…and its a good one!

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    I don’t see it as far fetched that a world class soccer athlete who was recognized as the top player in the world twice would be a better athlete than many kickers. I say reserve judgement and let her try.

  46. I think some of the people in this thread need to ask themselves why they seem so hostile to even the idea of this. Soccer players have converted to FG kickers before, this isn’t unheard of. And with the league’s current roughing the kicker penalties, the idea that a female kicker (or a male kicker, for that matter) has a realistic chance of being “crushed by Vonn Miller” or whatever on a FG try is vanishingly low.

    If this thread somehow survived for another 30 years, some of the comments would be hilariously backwards-looking. If it turns out that she’s qualified, she should be given a fair shot.

  47. patsfantransplant says:
    August 28, 2019 at 9:06 am
    I’m going to have to re watch “Necessary Roughness” now. Manu, Manu! Snap me the ball!

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    Awesome movie!

  48. billiever2019 says:
    August 28, 2019 at 6:57 am
    You know, when I was in high school, I could make 50+ yard field goals in practice when there was no rush and the wind was at my back. I never once thought I deserved an NFL tryout
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    But did you ever excel globally playing a sport at the highest level where kicking a ball with distance and accuracy was the most fundamentally required skill?

  49. This is ridiculous. EVERY professional soccer player has the leg strength, but there is much more to kicking FG’s in the NFL. I’d give her a better chance at punter than kicking FG’s.

  50. Not sure why if teams were truthfully looking for older soccer players to cross over as kickers guys like Tim Howard would not be getting interest over Lloyd. Guy scored a 100 yard goal in an EPL game – getting between 70 and 80 yards of carry off a 2 step kick on a moving ball.

    An average professional goal kick (usually just 2 steps) travels about 65-70 yards in the air. If I am a team really looking for a kicker to transition from soccer, I am calling one of those guys

  51. There are no gimmicks in the NFL. If a team calculates that she improves their odds of winning games, she’s in. And that’s the only way she gets in. All the good feelings and PR hype in the world can’t change that.

  52. This is dumb. How about if she would get hit by a player trying to block her field goal?. Or blocked if one of her kickoffs would be returned? It is too dangerous. It gets down to biology. Women don’t have the size/strength to be in the NFL.

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