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.
Note that Lloyd, the 37-year-old who plays for the NWSL's Sky Blue franchise in New Jersey, wasn't facing pressure and she was taking too many approach steps. All of which was pointed out to Brandt, who countered, "I heard the same kind of things when I was bringing in track athletes and soccer players back in the '60s."