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Lloyd with the Carolina Panthers in 2009
|No. 5, 3|
|Date of birth:June 5, 1982|
|Place of birth: Dover, England|
|Undrafted in 2005|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
|* Baltimore Ravens ( 2005)*|
|Career highlights and awards|
|* Honorable mention All-Big Ten (2003)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Rhys John Lloyd (born June 5, 1982) is a former American football kickoff specialist. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Minnesota.
Lloyd was a two-time All-American placekicker for Rochester Community and Technical College. He was later the placekicker, kickoff man and punter for the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 2003 to 2004. He kicked the game-winning field goal in the 2003 Sun Bowl.
Early NFL career
Lloyd entered the NFL draft, but had to sign as an undrafted free agent after the 2005 draft with the Baltimore Ravens, who released him before the start of the regular season. On April 10, 2006, he was signed by the Green Bay Packers; however, he was subsequently released on May 1, 2006.
Rhys was signed by the Frankfurt Galaxy of the NFL Europa in 2007. He was named the NFL Europa special teams player of the week in week 3 by tying the league record for the longest field goal in League history with a 56 yarder. Lloyd had signed with the Frankfurt Galaxy at the conclusion of NFL Europa kicking camp in Tampa, Florida. He played the 2006-2007 season in Europe and then came back to the US.
Return to NFL
Lloyd signed with the Baltimore Ravens again as a free agent in 2007 and made an impressive 55-yard field goal in the Ravens preseason finale against Atlanta and, subsequently, survived the Ravens final cut and signed with the team for the regular season as a kicker. He went back and forth between being on the active roster, on the practice squad, and being a free agent.
Lloyd was claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers on December 26, 2007. He signed a multi-year contract with the team in 2008. The Panthers used Lloyd as a kickoff specialist, with veteran placekicker John Kasay handling the field goal duties. Lloyd led the NFL in 2008 in touchbacks on kickoffs with 30 on the season. Lloyd signed with the Minnesota Vikings on March 8, 2010. This deal put him back near his alma mater Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota. He was released by the Vikings on September 4, 2010.
Carolina signed Rhys Lloyd on September 14, 2010. Their previous kickoff starter, Todd Carter (who started the first game of the Panthers 2010 season) was suffering from back spasms, and was cut to allow roster space for Lloyd. On August 16, 2011, Lloyd signed with the New York Giants. He was released during final preseason cuts on September 3, 2011.
- "Rhys Lloyd Profile". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/L/LloyRh44.htm. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
- "Vikings’ Rhys Lloyd, a soccer lover, will be rooting for his native England against U.S.". Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Associated Press. 8 June 2010. https://www.twincities.com/2010/06/08/vikings-rhys-lloyd-a-soccer-lover-will-be-rooting-for-his-native-england-against-u-s/. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
- "Rhys Lloyd Profile". FoxSports.com. http://profootball.scout.com/a.z?s=127&p=9&c=2&cid=1095392&nid=5774825&fhn=1. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
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- Rhys Lloyd (American football) on Twitter
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