A few months ago, Carli Lloyd had social media buzzing when video surfaced of the U.S. Women’s National Team star nailing a 55-yard field goal. That moment has not left her mind.
Lloyd is serious about pursuing an NFL kicking career, as she stated on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Wednesday.
“This isn’t just a publicity stunt or something that I’m having fun, just string the media along. I know that I can do it,” Lloyd said. “I know that I have the mental capacity in pressure situations. I know that there would be loads of people that want to see me fail. That’s no different than the entirety of my career.”
The two-time World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist said that she has even kicked field goals in full pads and a helmet. Right now, however, she is fully focused on making the 2020 Olympic soccer team before shifting her thoughts to the NFL.
“I definitely want to entertain it, but I want to be good at it,” Lloyd said. “I want to be able to do it. That’s ultimately what it comes down to.”
“There’s obviously a lot of other things that are a bit challenging, with big men on the line and people running at you.”
Lloyd also revealed that two NFL teams actually reached out with offers to kick in a preseason game, but she had to decline to her own playing schedule.
“If I can help pioneer and break down some doors for other women in the future, that would be amazing,” Lloyd, 37, added.