THROWBACK! When Carli Lloyd Revealed Her Interest in Playing in the NFL

Published 10/27/2021, 10:08 AM EDT
BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL – AUGUST 06: Carli Lloyd of United States celebrates after scoring during the Women’s Group G first round match between United States and France during Day 1 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Mineirao Stadium on August 6, 2016 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)


Carli Lloyd is arguably amongst the most iconic female soccer players in the world. The USWNT legend has scored goals for fun won trophies for fun. Don’t believe us? Just look at this stat. The United States forward has scored 134 goals in 316 appearances for the national team. Moreover, she has won the World Cup and Olympic gold medals twice. Insane!

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Lloyd, who recently hung her boots, has been a long-time NFL aficionado. In fact, in an interview in 2020, the forward revealed her love for the sport and shared how she would one day try her hand at the sport. Now that she has retired, will we see her make an appearance next season?

Oct 26, 2021; St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; United States forward Carli Lloyd (10) chases after South Korea defender Lim Seonjoo (6) for the ball in the first half of an international friendly soccer match at Allianz Field. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Carli Lloyd confident of excelling in NFL

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Speaking to Yahoo Sports in 2020, Lloyd revealed that she always liked challenges as a kid. She has followed a “Never back down” attitude throughout her life which is why she reasoned it will be easier for her to transition into football.

“First and foremost, I’m focusing on soccer at the moment, but I’ve always been a kid who loves a challenge,” said the soccer star. “I’ve never backed down from any challenge. I know with proper training and the right technique and someone showing me how to properly kick, I know I could do it,” she finished.

Will we see Carli play football next season?

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Continuing the chat, the soccer star revealed that this is not the right time to transition. When quipped about a timeline, she revealed that maybe a year or two later. “It may have to get pushed a year or two, we’ll see,” Lloyd said. “I know the times right now are a little up in the air, so we’ll see. I’m not ruling it out. You never know,” she finished.

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The important part of her conversation was her revealing that she was not ruling out a transition to football. Now that Lloyd has bid adieu to her soccer career, will we be able to see her donning a new color in the NFL? Let us know!

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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is an NFL and Football writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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