United States women’s soccer star Carlie Lloyd went viral this month when she was seen successfully booting a 55-yard field goal during a joint practice between the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens.
People were impressed with Lloyd’s kicking power and immediately began making calls for the World Cup champion to receive a tryout from an NFL franchise.
As it turns out, Lloyd says that she has definitely received interest. For now, however, her focus remains on soccer.
“There’s been some interesting chatter about it. I think anything is possible. It’s been really interesting because for me, I’m just an athlete. I’m a competitor. But for so many other people, I think they’re starting to think, will there ever be a female in the NFL at some point? And I think we’re kind of at that crossroads as far as equality and, you know, just women empowerment, so you’re kind of being in the crosshairs of that,” Lloyd told Sports Illustrated’s Planet Futbol.
“And I’ve definitely got some inquiries, I’ve definitely got some people talking. Anything’s possible, but right now, I’m strictly a soccer player, and we’ll see what the future holds.”
Whether the “interest” is legitimate or would end up being a publicity stunt for some NFL team remains to be seen, but it’s hard to believe anyone would give Lloyd a call at this point in the preseason if they were not legitimately going to give her an opportunity to earn a roster spot.
We’ll just have to wait and see, but it would certainly be interesting to see a professional soccer player in the NFL and an athlete like Lloyd would open so many more doors for the future.