As far as Carli Lloyd was concerned, she was on just another field, doing what she does best.
The difference Tuesday was that she was on an NFL field when she pulled back her right leg and sent a ball straight and true for 55 yards, stirring up all sorts of buzz with a viral video. Lloyd, a two-time World Cup winner, twice an Olympic gold medalist and twice FIFA player of the year, made football look as easy as futbol as Sam Koch of the Baltimore Ravens held for her field goal attempt after a joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia.
Her kick was money. So much so that it got one veteran NFL observer musing about whether the time was approaching when a woman might kick for an NFL team. “Honestly, I don’t think it will be long before we see a woman break through this NFL barrier,” Gil Brandt, the Dallas Cowboys’ vice president of player personnel from 1960 to 1988, tweeted.
Word that Lloyd, a 37-year-old who performs for the NWSL’s Sky Blue franchise in New Jersey, wasn’t going through power and he or she was once taking too many way steps. All of which was once identified to Brandt, who countered, “I heard the similar more or less issues when I used to be bringing in observe athletes and football avid gamers again within the ’60s.”
Brandt wasn’t kidding, and he presented a reminder of simply how problematic kicking was once within the NFL remaining season. Mason Crosby of the Inexperienced Bay Packers neglected 5 kicks in a single recreation (4 discipline targets and one more level) ; Week 11 was once a record-setting day for neglected extra-point makes an attempt. Further issues! And possibly no group had a extra ignominious revel in than the Chicago Bears, whose “double-doink” crisis happened when Cody Parkey’s attainable game-winner from 43 yards out was once tipped on the line, then hit the left upright and the crossbar. The Bears misplaced that wild-card recreation 16-15 to the Eagles.
The group launched Parkey within the spring, paying him, as Sports activities Illustrated identified, extra to stick away ($three.five million) than to play. Up to now, they’ve checked out 9 kickers — six novices, 3 loose brokers — and seem to have settled on Eddy Pineiro.
“I’d give her a decent tryout,” Brandt tweeted, “if I had been, say, the Bears.”
Eagles kicker Jake Elliott was once inspired. “Unreal stuff,” he tweeted after she made a number of discipline targets.
Lloyd is among the stars of the U.S. girls’s nationwide group however, after profitable the Golden Ball on the 2015 International Cup, she was once a replace in this yr’s International Cup winner. A New Jersey local and an Eagles fan, she wasn’t in reality provide to make a case for an NFL profession as she labored with, amongst others, Ravens kicker Justin Tucker and Elliott.
“It’s clearly one thing you don’t get to peer very ceaselessly,” she instructed NBC Sports activities Philadelphia. “You get to peer the fellows enjoying on a week-to-week foundation, however to peer what is going into all of it — the body of workers, probably the most guys doing more stuff in a while — it’s cool. It’s other. That is when all of the actual stuff occurs. That is what folks don’t get to peer. I used to be happy to be part of it.”
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