It came after a 100-yard first half against the Eagles. The diagnosis was a neck injury. He finished the year on the “Reserve-Injured” list and immediately began focusing on a return to the field in 2014.
A mainstay in the Chargers' offensive lineup since 2008, Floyd's career totals include 239 catches for 4,133 yards and 25 touchdowns. His 17.3-yards per catch average is the fourth-highest in team history among players with at least 200 career catches.
Floyd performed a rather impressive feat in 2011 when 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 the Washington Redskins 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. Floyd finished 2011 with a career-high 856 yards and a career-best 19.9-yard average, which was the highest in the league among players with more than 800 yards receiving. It was also the ninth highest average in team history among players with at least 40 catches.
An undrafted free agent from a heralded class in 2004, Floyd is one of the team's most popular players. His older brother, Malcolm, played wide receiver for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams in the mid '90s. The elder Floyd is currently the head football coach at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento, Calif.
Floyd's mother, Leataata, still resides in Sacramento where she volunteers as a mentor, tutor, counselor and ambassador, who teaches Polynesian dancing after school each day at one of the poorest schools in the city. In 2012, the Sacramento School District paid tribute to Floyd by changing the name of the school where she has given so much of her time from Jedediah Smith Elementary to Leataata Floyd Elementary.
Floyd and his wife, Daphne, have three sons. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and spending time grilling with his family. An all-conference hoopster in high school, Floyd's team won the school's intramural championship while he was an undergrad at Wyoming.
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 and re-signed to practice squad Sept. 5, 2005…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: Six-yard touchdown among four catches for 50 yards in Sept. 8 season-opener at Arizona, first regular-season game played since suffering neck injury Sept. 15, 2013...made big play earlier in touchdown drive with 36-yard catch to Cardinals’ 25 on 3rd-and-8 play...two 49- yard catches in first half Week 3 at Buffalo...first Chargers wide receiver since 2009 with two catches of 49 yards or longer in half...first led to touchdown and 7-0 lead in first quarter...second led to field goal for 13-3 lead at end of first half...with effort vs. Bills, passed Tony Martin for ninth place on team’s all-time receiving yardage list...24-yard touchdown catch on 3rd-and-10 gave Bolts 24-14 third-quarter lead Sept. 28 vs. Jacksonville...250th-career catch in 31-0 win over New York Jets Oct. 5...included 49-yard catch for his third catch of that length on season... that catch came on opening offensive possession of game and helped set up touchdown for 7-0 lead...250th catch was very next catch on same drive and covered 17 yards on 2nd-and-15 play...injured calf in second quarter of Jets game and did not return...caught five-yard touchdown pass in second quarter for 14-7 lead and led squad with five catches for 103 yards in 31-28 win at Oakland Oct. 12...had 19 and 20-yard catches during TD drive...20-yard catch came on third-down play in which Raiders defender was flagged for pass interference...later helped set up touchdown that tied game 21-21 with 44-yard catch to Oakland 9, Chargers’ longest catch of game...converted two 3rd-and-11s Nov. 2 at Miami with catches of 14 and 18 yards...played in 100th career game Nov. 16 in 13-6 win vs. Oakland...put Chargers on scoreboard early with 22-yard touchdown catch for team’s only TD of game...during contest, had streak of 47 third-down catches that resulted in first down come to an end...had been NFL’s longest active streak...career-long 59-yard catch Nov. 30 at Baltimore, and on play moved past Vincent Jackson (4,754) and into eighth on team’s all-time receiving yardage list...during game-winning late fourthquarter TD drive vs. Ravens, had key third-down catch and then on following play drew 23-yard pass interference penalty in end zone to give Bolts ball at one and set up touchdown...15-yard touchdown catch for 7-3 lead Dec. 7 vs. New England...game-tying 11-yard touchdown catch with 29 seconds left in fourth quarter Dec. 20 at San Francisco...helped Chargers overcome 21-point deficit in game team would win 38-35 in overtime... had four catches vs. 49ers to move into tie with Tony Martin (288) for 10th in franchise history.
2013: Set up touchdown in Sept. 9 season opener vs. Houston with 47-yard catch, longest since Dec. 5, 2011...five catches for 102 yards Sept. 15 at Philadelphia...injured neck on fifth catch of day 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 touchdown catch for 10-3 second-quarter lead in Monday Night Football season-opener in Oakland...also made spinning 23-yard catch against sideline during TD drive and had game-long 25-yard catch in fourth quarter...game and season-high 109 yards Sept. 16 vs. Tennessee...set up first touchdown of game with 27-yard catch followed by 14-yarder on 3rd-and-8...later added catches of 22 and 16 yards during touchdown drive that put Bolts up 24-3...went over 100 yards on 19-yard catch during TD drive that put Bolts up 31-10...second 100-yard game of season (108) on Sunday Night Football Oct. 7 at New Orleans...set up Chargers' first touchdown of night with 39-yard catch followed by 32-yarder on 3rd-and-9...also helped set up field goal by drawing 25-yard pass interference penalty to six-yard line...13-yard touchdown catch in fourth quarter gave Bolts 17-6 lead over Kansas City in Nov. 1 win...three-yard touchdown catch capped 17-play drive for 20-3 lead in third quarter during Dec. 9 win at Pittsburgh.
2011: Sept. 18 at New England had two long third-down catches (23 and 36 yards) to set up early touchdown, but injured hip while making second catch and left contest...100 yards on three catches Oct. 9 at Denver...closed out first half with 42-yard touchdown 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 starting lineup Dec. 5 at Jacksonville and caught season-long 52-yard touchdown pass in third quarter 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, catch 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... effort included 41-yard touchdown catch...injured hamstring Oct. 17 at St. Louis and 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 catch on 3rd-and-12 and 38-yard pass interference penalty drawn three plays later helped Chargers to 7-3 lead in key win Dec. 13 at Dallas... Game Ball after Christmas Night game in Tennessee...52-yard touchdown catch in second quarter called back by penalty away from play...in third quarter, drew pass interference in end zone to set up touchdown on next play...later in third quarter, 21-yard catch on 3rd-and-13 led to touchdown for 35-10 lead...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...started comeback with four-yard touchdown catch with 1:13 remaining…during drive, had all five of his catches in game (67 yards)… diagnosed with collapsed lung following game and spent night in hospital before being inactive Weeks 15-16 and Wild Card Playoffs vs. Indianapolis Jan. 5.
2006: Chargers Alumni Player of Week after season-long 46-yard touchdown catch in third quarter of 49-41 win at Cincinnati Nov. 12...first-career 100-yard game (109 yards) at 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 also Rivers' first touchdown pass.
COLLEGE: Honorable mention All-Mountain West Conference as senior…first-team All-MWC as soph…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 offensive MVP of league at River City High in Sacramento… first-team all-league in basketball.