One year ago on Tuesday, the life of wide receiver Michael Floyd changed forever. He was arrested for a DUI, and two days later, released from the Arizona Cardinals.
The following day, he joined the New England Patriots, and ironically enough, if not for his DUI, he wouldn’t have been able to play in and win Super Bowl LI. But that fateful day one year ago also led to jail time during the offseason.
Floyd took some time out of his morning Tuesday to reflect back on the highs and lows of the last 365 days of his life in an Instagram post:
On December 12, 2016 I was arrested for the biggest mistake of my life. I lost my dream job and thought I ruined my career. Two days later I was blessed with a second chance from the New England Patriots. I gave the Patriots everything I had and was again blessed to be part of their Super Bowl team. From the highs of the Super Bowl, I traveled back to Arizona to serve out my jail sentence. After some really difficult times I was blessed again and the team I grew up rooting for decided to take a chance on me. I couldn’t be more thankful to the Vikings and look forward to taking all of my experiences to help this team continue to be successful. Looking back on the past year I have experienced both the highest highs and the lowest lows. I would like to thank the Patriots and the Vikings for taking chances on me and for everyone else who has helped me over this past year. A year after making the biggest mistake of my life, I can honestly say, I’m a better person from it all and hope to continue to do and be better. #dontlosefaith #keeppushin
Floyd missed the first four games of this season because the NFL suspended him for violating the personal conduct policy. But the Minnesota Vikings stuck with him and activated the six-year veteran on Oct. 9.
In seven games, Floyd has nine catches for 78 yards this season. He’s played 85 games and posted 255 receptions and 3,859 yards with 24 touchdowns in his career.
As a senior at Notre Dame, Floyd posted 100 catches, 1,147 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2011. He had 271 receptions and 3,686 yards in his college career.
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