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Why Carli Lloyd's NFL target date is being pushed back 'a year or so'

Why Carli Lloyd's NFL target date is being pushed back 'a year or so'

Two-time Olympic gold medalist, New Jersey native, and huge Eagles fan Carli Lloyd hasn't been shy about her desire to cross over from women's soccer legend to starting NFL kicker as her pro athlete career continues.

It seemed at one point that Lloyd had her eyes set on picking up tryouts or potential training camp looks as early as this summer, after lighting it up last summer at Eagles training camp with a 55-yard field goal (see story).

But with the sports world on hold - including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where Lloyd hoped to compete for one last gold medal - Lloyd said over the weekend she's likely pushing her NFL timeline back by at least a year.

"First and foremost, I'm focusing on soccer at the moment, but I've always been a kid who loves a challenge," Lloyd said during a Women's Sports Foundation e-panel hosted by Yahoo! Sports.

"I never back down from any challenge, and I know with proper training, and the right technique, and someone showing me how to kick, I know that I could do it. So it may have to get pushed a year or so, we'll see. 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."

Lloyd, 37, could have theoretically segued from the 2020 Olympics, which were slated to end in early August, into a few training camps, or at least turned her attention fully to the 2021 season, but with the Olympics re-scheduled to next summer, things have changed. Lloyd has said multiple times that she is keeping soccer at the forefront.

Lloyd's decorated time with USWNT obviously deserves her full attention, and when she spoke with NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark last month, Lloyd also explained she wanted to focus on her club soccer career:

I don't know. I mean, I'm sure I'm going to be part of our NWSL league, playing for Sky Blue FC this summer, but who knows? I'm going to take it one day at a time. Obviously, soccer is my big passion at the moment, and I'm focusing on that.

So it might be 2021, or even 2022, until Lloyd has a full-effort shot at making an NFL roster.

But Lloyd's interest in the NFL has been a two-way street, and if she's still interested and still booming 55-yarders when next summer's Olympics wrap up, those football aspirations can resume - ideally with a third gold medal in tow.

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Carli Lloyd discusses her life on pause now that 2020 Olympics have been postponed

Carli Lloyd discusses her life on pause now that 2020 Olympics have been postponed

The news was officially released early Tuesday morning that the 2020 Summer Olympics have been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Now, athletes who were planning to participate have had their lives put on pause, just like the majority of the world — awaiting the next steps to take during this time. 

South Jersey native and USWNT forward Carli Lloyd is just one of many whose training has been halted due to the news. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark was able to catch up with Lloyd following the announcement. 

“Life is on pause with literally everything around the world,” said Lloyd. “I think the olympics was sort of the elephant in the room for the last several weeks.”

It will ultimately become quite an adjustment — to see how pushing this event back will affect the Olympians that were planning to head to Tokyo, Japan in the summer. 

“I think all of the athletes around the world have been wondering what’s going to happen,” said Lloyd. “All of their training has been halted some way shape or form and it’s unfortunate. 

“I think a worst case scenario, they would have just cancelled it altogether. So, I’m happy for the postponement. I know it probably is going to affect so many different athletes in so many different ways, but I’m looking forward to it.”

This is the first time in a while where Lloyd’s life has been put on pause. While she will still be training to some degree with her home gym and backyard space, she is looking forward to spending more time with her husband. 

Lloyd further discusses the impact of the postponement of the Olympics and what her plans could possibly include for the summer in the video above. And of course, she makes sure to state her excitement for this upcoming Eagles season. 

Every 2020 Super Bowl commercial with a tie to Philadelphia

Every 2020 Super Bowl commercial with a tie to Philadelphia

As the Super Bowl aired Sunday, we couldn't help but notice the amount of Philly ties that popped up during the commercials. So of course, we thoroughly went through every commercial once more to see if we missed any. Turns out, there were a few, as some were much more obvious than others.

Now, while you’re processing the end of another NFL season, take a look at what we found.

Facebook

The end of this commercial featured the famous Rocky steps and a runner in grey sweats just like the signature moment from the film. With the classic Twisted Sister song "I wanna rock," playing in the background, Chris Rock reveals himself to be the runner.

This had everyone instantly thinking about where Sly Stallone could be … and Facebook was one step ahead of us. Stallone makes his way into frame for a few seconds and it was the perfect amount of nostalgia for all of those Rocky fans out there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0uYOOTz6kk

Carli Lloyd

Secret Deodorant’s ‘Kick Inequality’ ad surfaced on social media a few days before the Super Bowl but it turns out, they weren’t the only ones who were impressed with Lloyd's skills. In Facebook’s commercial previously mentioned, she is seen kicking yet another field goal.

And to think both were inspired by a field goal from the Delran native that took place following an Eagles practice.

Tide

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Charlie Day had quite an extensive amount of air time throughout the broadcast with Tide’s "Super Bowl now, Laundry later" commercials.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPrLiNseyCc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUTCZKwUcno&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QASoewnOU0E&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvjofkLllZs&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RVUcdyEq9k&feature=youtu.be

 

Hulu

This one has no ties to Philly aside from the fact the star of the commercial lost in Super Bowl LII to the Eagles with a final score of 41-33 … remember? I think you do.  

Tom Brady teased the commercial on his social media a few days prior to the big game and speculations of him retiring immediately surfaced. Was Brady really going to announce his retirement during a Super Bo-actually, I wouldn’t have been surprised. But like he says in the commercial … he isn’t going anywhere.

Basically, the internet broke because Brady posted an image to tease a commercial about Hulu having more than just live sports.

Jeep

When putting this together, it made me think about how Pennsylvania has more than one famous groundhog. Does any other state even have one? I don’t know what to do with this information.

Anyways, Jeep easily had one of the best commercials of the night starring Bill Murray. The commercial took us back to 1993 and the film "Groundhog Day," with a few modern twists.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnhzGUcENWo

And if you enjoyed the commercial that much, Jeep also released an extended version of the one that aired.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QgBRvMmWk4

Genesis

The Hyundai-owned Genesis commercial featured power couple John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen.

But how does this commercial have anything to do with this post?

Well, Legend is an alumni of the University of Pennsylvania … so there you go.

Did you know that Legend was offered admission to Harvard and scholarships to Georgetown University as well? Goes to show you that no one can turn down the best place in the world, even if Harvard wants you.

Sabra Hummus

Sabra had quite an interesting cast … having just about every person who went viral in 2019 and then some. There was a quick cameo at the end of Teresa Giudice and Caroline Manzo from the Real Housewives of New Jersey and they were there to do what they do best, cause a scene and flip a table.   

I thought that would have been the closest thing to a Philadelphia tie in this commercial, but it didn’t end there. Kyle Giersdorf from Montgomery County made an appearance as well. Who is Giersdorf, you might ask? He’s none other than Fortnite's first solo world champion. After winning in the final round of "Fortnite: Battle Royale," this past summer, the teen took home a $3 million cash prize. Yes. $3 million.

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