Michael Floyd Moves On From Past Issues, Readies for NFL Life

April 25, 2012 – 7:00 am by Eric Schmoldt

Recently, Michael Floyd’s offseasons have been marred by off-the-field incidents involving alcohol. Floyd was hit twice for underage drinking and then last offseason was arrested for driving under the influence, a mistake that cost him a long-term suspension from the team and his captain role. But the Notre Dame wide receiver says he has put those issues behind him and is ready for a dream to come true this time around.

Floyd enters this week’s NFL Draft projected as the No. 2 receiver in the whole lot, behind only Justin Blackmon. Exactly where he’ll end up and when appears to be up in the air, as it was once thought he might go somewhere in the 20s overall, but now some believe he could be a top-10 talent.

Michael Floyd joined WKNR in Cleveland with The Really Big Show to discuss the draft process, his idols, the rumors about where he might go, his plans for the draft, some teams he might end up playing for, moving on from his past incidents and the opportunity that lies ahead.

How much fun are you having with this whole draft process?:

“I’m pretty excited about the whole process. I’m happy that I get to have a dream come true and I’m just waiting to hear my name called.”

How much of a dream was it and who were you when you pretended to be guys in the backyard?:

“I used to play running back so I loved the Green Bay Packers and I used to watch Brett Favre and Dorsey Levens and Antonio Freeman. I had all three of them as I was growing up.”

There have been rumors you could now go in the top 10. How do you handle all of those things?:

“I think I handle it pretty well. I usually don’t listen to the internet and what people say. You’ll get kind of trapped in that whole thing thinking you’re going to go somewhere. But at the end of the day, you don’t get to choose where you go, they choose for you. It’s just a process that I waited for it to happen and I’m excited, but I don’t listen to what people say.”

What are your plans for draft night?:

“I’m headed to New York. … We played in the Jets stadium, but I’ve never been to the city.”

What would it be like to play in New York? Those are some of the rumors:

“That’d be great. I would like to play anywhere. It really doesn’t matter to me. Like I said, it’s like a dream come true, so I’m just going to work hard and I can’t wait for my name to be called.”

What about the Cleveland Browns?:

“I would love to play for the Browns. I think that would be an exciting time for me. I’m one of them guys that hopefully would be productive, work hard and just be productive for the whole organization.”

Have you moved on from some of the incidents in your career and what do you say to people who bring them up?:

“I learned a lot. That night, that incident that occurred, right there it was kind of the red flag coming up for me, just telling me that I’ve got to get my act together or this time right now of having my dreams come true would’ve never occurred. I don’t want to jeopardize doing foolish things for a career that I want for the rest of my life. You have to change and I did change and that stuff is behind me.”

Talk about this opportunity and how much it means to you:

“The opportunity is just there waiting and I’m very excited that I get the opportunity to do something that I love. I love the game of football. It’s just having a job that you want to go to every single day and you actually like it and want to be there and get better.”

Listen to Michael Floyd on WKNR in Cleveland here

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