INDIANAPOLIS — Michael Floyd wanted to talk about football, but the ring of reporters surrounding him only wanted to chat about his body of work off the field.
Peppered with inquiries into a string of alcohol-related incidents in college, the Notre Dame receiver chalked up his past antics to “immaturity.”
“It was a mistake that happened in the past,” Floyd said Friday, “and … I’m moving forward. … I think I’ve grown a lot. Coming into the NFL right now, I think you do have to mature a great deal. …
“As they say, it’s a professional sport, and you have to act like a professional.”
Floyd described the maturation process he went through to get back on the straight and narrow, taking “classes” (vaguely referring to alcohol-abuse prevention classes) and tweaking his social circle. He credited his college coaches for sticking by him and keeping him accountable during darker hours.
When someone finally popped a football question, Floyd was asked to compare himself to a current NFL receiver. He offered a predictable reply: a combination of Larry Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson.
These are the questions suffered by all at combine. What’s he going to say? Brett Swain?
— Marc Sessler