Carli Lloyd on Playing in NFL: 'I've Definitely Got Some Inquiries'

John Healy
August 23, 2019 - 12:54 pm

Carli Lloyd’s 55-yard field goal at Philadelphia Eagles practice earlier this week has become much more than a viral video.

It has generated a serious discussion on whether or not she — or any female athlete — could play in the NFL.

The 37-year-old U.S. soccer star said in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s “Planet Futbol TV” that there has been some “interesting chatter” when asked if she has received serious interest from teams about playing.

“There’s been some interesting chatter about it. I think anything is possible,” she said. “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 continued: “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.”

There are certainly some teams that could use a kicker for the 2019 season. The Chicago Bears, in particular, have been struggling to find a new kicker after Cody Parkey’s double-doink ended their season in excruciating fashion last year.

Lloyd has the approval of one former NFL executive, Gil Brandt, who said he would give her an honest tryout shortly after video of her field goal surfaced.

She has also received praise from a handful of kickers, including Eagles’ Jake Elliott and former Pro Bowler Martin Gramatica, the latter of whom said she deserves a shot. 

While it is more likely that Lloyd will not suit up in an NFL uniform this year, her kick has certainly furthered the conversation about women in the NFL, and suddenly the idea does not seem so far-fetched.