INDIANAPOLIS — Most of the 330 hopefuls at the NFL Scouting Combine have some type of story to tell. But only one of them has a father who was a five-time Pro Bowl player.
The Greg Lloyd II on the combine roster is the son of former Steelers great Greg Lloyd Sr., one of the nastiest players of his era. But even though they share a name and perhaps a similar mean streak on the field, there’s little else between them. Outside of a recent visit by Greg Lloyd Sr. at the East-West Shrine Game, the two hadn’t seen each other in more than two years and have no relationship, according to Lloyd II.
That’s a fact that’s OK with the younger Lloyd, a Connecticut linebacker who couldn’t have been more open or gracious in talking about a man he has no relationship with, a man who was accused of sticking a gun down his son’s mouth when he was 12 years old. It’s OK with Lloyd II because he’s OK with it himself, even as he’s asked by NFL teams to explain his past as they dig deep to examine the father-son relationship and the impact it has had on his life.
“I have to explain the fact that some people, for some reason, don’t know the situation, so I have to tell the story again about the history of physical abuse, why my parents divorced, and that’s why me and him don’t talk,” Lloyd II said.
“For me, it’s an easy thing to do, not having communication with him,” he added. “Granted, he played the same sport that I’m trying to play right now. But what I tell (teams) is that even though he could be someone that I could talk to about football, there’s 1,000 other people who played the game, too, who I could talk to.”
Lloyd II says the relationship isn’t a red flag for teams.
“It’s something that happened in the past, so I have to accept it,” he said. “It’s something that happened to me. So I’ve accepted it, I’ve moved on and I’ve grown from it.”
Lloyd II receives that question about his name often — “Are you the son of that Greg Lloyd?” — and while he’s used to it, he showed an impressive level of maturity in speaking openly on the topic. When his father came to see him play in the East-West Shrine Game, he said it was the first game the elder Lloyd had seen him play live.
As he explained, “It is what it is.”
It certainly is. And it’s a credit to Lloyd II that he has become his own person, something that should be easy for NFL teams to see.