The Chargers’ Most Inspirational Player and Ed Block Courage Award winner, Malcom Floyd’s accomplishments in 2014 were nothing short of remarkable.
Less than a year removed from a neck injury that caused him to be taken away on a stretcher from Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, Floyd returned with a vengeance. He started all 16 games for the first time in his career, while tying his career high and leading the team in receiving yards.
For some, the injury could have been career-ending, but Floyd was determined to re-join his teammates and he started his rehab the day after he got hurt. It started with walking laps in his back yard, then progressed to exercising with rubber therapy bands, and before long he was riding an exercise bike to maintain his cardiovascular conditioning. Assured by doctors that he could return to football, Floyd rejoined his teammates in March 2014 for the team’s offseason conditioning program of running, lifting and training.
One of the things that kept Floyd motivated during his rehab was the support he received from teammates. Besides messages of encouragement, some of the team’s younger players like Keenan Allen and Steve Williams spent time at Floyd’s house, playing video games and keeping him company.
Floyd is now looking forward to 2015, which he has hinted could be his final NFL season. It’s been a fantastic run for a player who joined the Chargers 12 years ago as an undrafted rookie from the University of Wyoming.
The eighth-leading receiver in franchise history with 4,989 yards, Floyd needs just 11 more to reach 5,000 for his career. His 291 catches rank 10th in franchise history, while his 31 touchdowns rank 11th.
Even though Floyd caught Philip Rivers’ first touchdown pass back in 2004, he didn’t become a mainstay in the Chargers’ lineup until 2008. Since that time though, his 17.4 yards-per-catch average is the NFL’s second highest. Only DeSean Jackson (17.7) has had a higher average than Floyd over the last seven seasons. And his 17.1-yard career average dating to 2004 is the team’s fourth highest.
Floyd averaged 16.5-yards per catch in 2014, fifth-highest in the NFL. It included a career-long 59-yard catch against Baltimore and five catches of 40 or more yards, tied for 10th-most in the league.
Floyd performed a rather impressive feat in 2011 when he led the league in average yards per catch (19.9). That season, 41 of his 43 catches went for first downs. The 95.3 percent clip was the second-highest in NFL history (min. 32 catches). Only Henry Ellard, who totaled 71 first downs on 74 catches (95.9%) for Washington in 1994, posted a higher percentage. Floyd’s first 23 catches of the season all went for first downs and his first catch that didn’t result in a first down wasn’t until Dec. 11.
A native of Sacramento, California, Floyd’s mother, Leataata, still resides there. She volunteers as a mentor, tutor, counselor and ambassador who teaches Polynesian dancing at one of the city’s poorest schools. In 2012, the Sacramento Unified School District paid tribute to her by changing the name of the school from Jedediah Smith Elementary to Leataata Floyd Elementary.
Floyd’s older brother, Malcolm, also was an NFL wide receiver. He spent time with the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams in the mid 1990s. The elder Floyd is now the head football coach at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento.
Floyd and his wife, Daphne, have three children. When he retires from the NFL, Floyd looks forward to being a full-time father and watching his kids grow up and play sports. He also has his eyes on graduate school with hopes of someday becoming a doctor or biomedical engineer. For now, Floyd enjoys playing basketball and spending time playing with Daphne and the kids.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers, April 30, 2004…waived Sept. 5 and signed to practice squad Sept. 7, 2004…signed to active roster Dec. 11, 2004… waived Sept. 3, 2005...re-signed to practice squad Sept. 5…signed to active roster Dec. 7, 2005...signed one-year contracts March 7, 2007, March 25, 2008, May 15, 2009 and June 8, 2010...agreed to two-year contract, Aug. 6, 2011...signed three-year contract extension through 2015, Sept. 26, 2012.
2014: Chargers Most Inspirational Player and Ed Block Courage Award...six-yard touchdown during Sept. 8 season-opener at Arizona, first game since neck injury Sept. 15, 2013...two 49-yard catches in first half Sept. 21 at Buffalo...first Chargers wide receiver since 2009 with two catches of 49 yards or longer in half...during Bills game, passed Tony Martin for ninth on team’s all-time list for receiving yards...24-yard touchdown catch 24-14 lead over Jacksonville Sept. 28...Team Captain and 250th-career catch in 31-0 win over New York Jets Oct. 5...included third 49-yard catch of season...injured calf in second quarter of Jets game and did not return, but week later caught five-yard touchdown pass against Oakland and led squad with five catches for 103 yards in 31-28 win...100th career game played Nov. 16 vs. Raiders...put Chargers on scoreboard early with 22-yard touchdown catch...during contest, streak of 47 third-down catches that resulted in first downs ended...had been NFL’s longest active streak...career-long 59-yard catch Nov. 30 at Baltimore...on play, passed Vincent Jackson (4,754) for eighth in franchise receiving yards...during late fourth-quarter game-winning touchdown drive, had key third-down catch and one play later, drew 23-yard pass interference penalty in end zone to give Bolts ball at one and set up winning score...game-tying 11-yard touchdown catch with 29 seconds left in fourth quarter Dec. 20 at San Francisco...team overcame 21-point deficit and won 38-35 in overtime...four catches vs. 49ers to tie Tony Martin (288) for 10th in franchise history.
2013: Set up TD in Sept. 9 season opener vs. Houston with 47-yard catch, longest since 2011...five catches for 102 yards Sept. 15 at Philadelphia...injured neck on fifth catch after hit and did not return to game...inactive next two games and placed on “Reserve-Injured” Oct. 2.
2012: Rodney Culver Memorial Award as team’s Offensive Player of Year...six yard TD catch during Monday Night Football season-opener in Oakland...game and season-high 109 yards Sept. 16 vs. Tennessee...second 100-yard game of season (108) on Sunday Night Football Oct. 7 at New Orleans...13-yard touchdown catch in fourth quarter for 17-6 lead over Kansas City in Nov. 1 win...three-yard touchdown catch to cap 17-play drive for 20-3 lead in Dec. 9 win at Pittsburgh...Dec. 16 vs. Carolina, passed LaDainian Tomlinson for 10th on team’s all-time receiving yardage list.
2011: Sept. 18 at New England, two long third-down catches (23 and 36 yards) to set up early touchdown, but injured hip during second catch and left contest...100 yards on three catches Oct. 9 at Denver...closed out first half with 42-yard TD catch for 23-10 lead...late fourth quarter 38-yard catch on 3rd-and-10 set up field goal for 29-24 lead...reinjured hip Oct. 31 at Kansas City and inactive next four games...returned to action Dec. 5 at Jacksonville and caught season-long 52-yard TD pass en route to 108-yard night...14-yard catch on 2nd-and-18 Dec. 11 vs. Buffalo was first of year that didn’t go for first down, ending streak of 23 straight first-down catches to open season...capped year with 127-yard performance, including 43-yard touchdown, in 38-26 win at Oakland.
2010: Season-long touchdown catch (54 yards) in 38-13 win vs. Jacksonville Sept. 19...career-high 213 yards Oct. 10 at Oakland...fourth-best single-game performance in team history and best since 1985...team-record 154 yards in first half...included 41-yard scoring catch...injured hamstring Oct. 17 at St. Louis...inactive next three games...reinjured hamstring and inactive Weeks 14-15...first-career multi-TD game (17 and 9 yards) in Dec. 12 win vs. Kansas City...41-yard catch, despite pass interference, led to field goal in 33-28 win at Denver Jan. 2.
2009: 24-yard 3rd-and-12 catch and 38-yard pass interference penalty drawn three plays later helped Chargers to 7-3 lead in key Dec. 13 win at Dallas...game ball after Christmas Night game in Tennessee...had 52-yard TD catch called back by penalty away from play...later, drew pass interference in end zone to set up touchdown on next play...game ball after 140 yards on nine catches vs. Washington Jan. 3...included six-yard catch on 4th down to sustain touchdown drive and 50-yarder during field goal march.
2008: Season-long 49-yard touchdown catch Week 6 NBC Sunday Night Football game vs. New England…Chargers Alumni Offensive Player of Month (November)…Dec. 14 at Kansas City, helped Chargers overcome 21-10 fourth-quarter deficit for win with four-yard TD catch with 1:13 remaining…during drive, had all five catches of game…diagnosed with collapsed lung following game and spent night in hospital before being inactive Weeks 15-16 and Wild Card Playoffs vs. Indianapolis.
2006: Chargers Alumni Player of Week after season-long 46-yard touchdown catch during 49-41 win at Cincinnati Nov. 12...first-career 100-yard game (109 yards) vs. Bengals…late fourth quarter 12-yard tiptoe catch along boundary on 3rd-and-9 kept touchdown drive alive for final points in win…inactive Week 13 at Denver (ankle) and placed on injured-reserve Dec. 14.
2005: Practice squad Weeks 1-12 and inactive Weeks 13-16.
2004: First-career touchdown catch (13 yards) from Philip Rivers Jan. 2 vs. Kansas City…was Rivers’ first-career TD pass.
COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference as senior and first-team as sophomore…186 career catches for 2,411 yards and 14 touchdowns…redshirted in 1999…played at Wyoming from 2000-03…health sciences major.
PERSONAL: Born in Sacramento, Calif.…all metro and leauge offensive MVP at River City High in Sacramento…first-team basketball all-league.