The day of female athlete’s crossing over into men’s sports took a step closer this week. An unnamed NFL team was willing to give women’s national soccer teams Carli Lloyd a roster spot and start her as their kicker in their final preseason game. Perhaps with her ability to nail 55 yarders last week at the Philadelphia Eagles practice she may get a shot to show if she can do it on a regular basis. Of course there is a big difference between doing it in practice and doing it in high pressure situations.
Lloyd is interested and told Peter King of NBC’s Football Morning in America that she’s confident she could do the job.
“I know that I could actually probably do it,” the 37-year-old Lloyd said. “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. And I actually invite the pressure. I love the pressure. When I have to nail something—shooting hoops, ax-throwing, kicking a field goal—that is the moment I live for and want. It comes down to the mind, training the mind.
“It’s worth having some conversations about it. With practice and someone showing me, I know I can do it. I have one of the most accurate shots in our game. Big thing would be getting used to the big boys out there. But nothing scares me. You hold yourself back if you’re afraid. What’s the worst that can happen? I don’t make the team? Let’s just say I did try. Maybe I change the landscape a lot.”
According to Fox Sports, one NFL team was so impressed that they reached out to Lloyd with an offer to play in a preseason game this week as a tryout.
“Today, she got another call from another NFL team,” Lloyd’s trainer, James Galanis told Fox Sports. “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.”
Lloyd will be playing with the national team Thursday against Portugal, prohibiting her from taking up the unnamed team on its offer. Still, the overture is a step up from the previous level of interest Lloyd had received. Last week, the 37-year-old said she’d “got some inquiries.”
“Knowing Carli, I don’t think she would just hop on and do it,” Galanis told Fox Sports. “She would need a couple of weeks training just to get comfortable and acclimatized. But things have escalated and it is real.
“I think Carli is perfectly made out for a job like that. She loves the pressure. She’s got one of the hardest kicks in the world when it comes to women. She is great at long-range balls — she displayed that by scoring a goal from just past the halfway line in a World Cup final — and she is definitely in tune with the mechanics. She would be an ideal candidate.”
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) August 20, 2019
If she can do it, all the power to her. Most kickers avoid move out of the way and she looks like she could handle a hit if she happened to get in the lane.