Carli Lloyd 'Entertaining The Idea' Of Kicking In NFL

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

Soccer star Carli Lloyd says she's thinking about giving the NFL a try.

Video of the Delran, New Jersey, native kicking a 55-yard field goal at an Eagles practice went viral last week, leading to speculation about whether the two-time World Cup champ could become the first woman to ever play in the NFL.

Thank you to the @Eagles for having me out! Thanks to @JustinTuck @jake_elliott22 @MayorRandyBrown for the good time and tips! ?? ?? #55yd

— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) August 20, 2019

Lloyd's coach and trainer James Galanis told RADIO.COM's "Home and Home" that two NFL teams have expressed strong interest in signing Lloyd, who starred at Rutgers and now plays for New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC. Lloyd was offered the chance to kick in a preseason game Thursday, but it conflicted with a U.S. women's national team match against Portugal, Galanis said.

During a Phillies broadcast Tuesday night on NBC Sports Philadelphia, Lloyd, 37, said she's coming around to the idea of playing football.

"This totally took me by surprise," she said. "I know the power of social media, I get that, but I just casually brought my boots to Eagles practice, did a few kicks, nailed a 55-yarder on my first try and next thing I know everything’s blowing up, and I was laughing about it with my husband at first, but now I’m sort of entertaining the idea.”

Lloyd didn't just nail a 55-yarder, she split the uprights on the Eagles' narrow practice goal post. And she had demonstrated her kicking talents before. On HBO's "Hard Knocks" in 2015, the soccer superstar took on the Texans' Vince Wilfork -- a surpringly good kicker for a nose tackle -- in a field goal competition. And last year, she made a 45-yarder at the Cowboys' practice facility.

She told NBC Sports Philadelphia she believes she can "definitely" kick in the NFL.

While Lloyd's camp has not named the teams that are interested in her, it's fair to wonder if the Jets could be in that number. Chandler Catanzaro retired after the preseason opener, and his replacement, Taylor Bertolet, has never kicked in a regular season game and has been inconsistent since being signed.