Some professional athletes have trouble they deal with away from their respected sport. For Michael Floyd, that was alcoholism. Floyd’s drinking problem started when he was in college and continued when he got to the NFL.
For the past few years, Floyd seems to be in a much better space. But for a brief period, he had a problem that put his life at risk.
Michael Floyd, the football player
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Floyd had a successful high school career. He was named the Minnesota Player of the Year twice by the Associated Press and Gatorade. Floyd was considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com and was listed as the No. 3 wide receiver in the nation. The
talented receiver chose Notre Dame over Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, and Miami (FL).
Floyd spent four years at Notre Dame and made an impact as soon as he stepped on campus. His best seasons were his junior and senior year, where he totaled more than 1,000 yards receiving for the Fighting Irish. He finished his career at Notre Dame with 3,686 receiving yards and 37 touchdowns.
Floyd was one of the top receivers going into the 2012 NFL draft. The Arizona Cardinals selected him with the 12th overall pick. In his first season, he was primarily a backup receiver, and he had a total of 45 receptions for 562 yards and two touchdowns on the season. His second season was the best of his career. Floyd became a starter and finished the 2013 season with 65 receptions for 1,041 yards and five touchdowns. He spent his first five seasons playing in Arizona. Toward the end of the 2016 season, Floyd was released by the Cardinals and claimed off waivers from the New England Patriots. Floyd appeared in two games for the Patriots, and he was inactive for the Super Bowl. He last played in 2018 for the Washington Redskins.
Michael Floyd’s alcohol issues
During Floyd’s senior season at Notre Dame, he received a citation for driving drunk in March of 2011. He was suspended indefinitely from the team, but the suspension was later lifted. It was reported that his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. At that time, Floyd should have sought out help, or someone from Notre Dame should have taken it more seriously.
Floyd faced another run-in with police during his time in the NFL. During the 2017 season, Floyd was playing with the Cardinals, and one night police found him asleep at the wheel after a football game. The police found him just before 3 a.m., and his blood-alcohol level was 0.217 percent, which was considered an extreme DUI in Arizona. When the Cardinals found out about the incident, they immediately cut him, and he was picked up by the not too long after.
Michael Floyd’s NFL career could be over
Floyd only had one breakout season during his career. He has not lived up to the hype, and the alcohol troubles that he faced in the past have not helped him either. Floyd had the opportunity to play for his hometown team, the Minnesota Vikings, but he was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He failed several alcohol tests, violating the terms of his house arrest.
The Ravens gave him an opportunity to make the team in 2019, but that did not happen. It seems as though Floyd is on a straight path now, but his NFL career could be in jeopardy.