Hometown Report: Floyd feels his little brother's pain after big hit

Published: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013 - 12:17 am

Malcolm Floyd watched his kid brother go down and winced.

He rubbed his own head and neck, and then he prayed for encouraging news.

Floyd, 40, is the former McClatchy High School star wide receiver and later his alma mater's head coach, who delights in watching Malcom Floyd – notice only one L in the first name – compete for the San Diego Chargers. Except when it's too painful to view.

Malcom Floyd, the Chargers' veteran receiver, buckled in a heap Sept. 15 against the Eagles in Philadelphia, crushed in a sandwich tackle. He was immobilized on a backboard, his face mask removed.

He was taken away in an ambulance, though he was able to fly home with his teammates.

Floyd is sidelined for at least another two weeks with a sore neck, according to the Chargers. Older brother is still exhaling in Sacramento.

"Lil' Malcom is fine," said Floyd, no longer coaching but still teaching special education at McClatchy. "He phoned me two hours after the hit to let me know he was fine. He's a tough young man, much tougher than me."

The brothers are tight and their names similar, but the elder Floyd said the comparisons stop there. He is nine years older and five inches shorter than the 6-foot-5 NFL receiver. "Lil' Malcolm" is a budding star, insists Floyd, who was a solid – yet hardly spectacular – receiver who logged parts of five NFL seasons in the 1990s.

The older Floyd went by Malcolm Seabron at McClatchy, graduating in 1990. He set receiving marks at Fresno State and was a third-round pick of the Houston Oilers in 1994. His biggest fan was his youngest brother. And it was the elder Floyd who was allowed to name his brother and couldn't resist naming the infant after himself. But their father, James Floyd, suggested at least one fewer L to really avoid confusion. James Floyd changed from James Seabron in 1994. The Floyd brothers went by "Big Mal" and "Little Mal" growing up.

The younger Floyd was a standout at River City High and was lightly recruited despite his good grades and outlandish athletic ability. He played at Wyoming and signed with the Chargers in 2004 as an undrafted free agent.

Older brother Floyd said he had been "cleaned up a few times" from hard hits in the NFL, but, "I never left on a stretcher, fortunately."

"I have been knocked out, against the Steelers," Floyd recalled. "I walked to the other sideline, and it took me about 20 minutes to come to. Very different from (Malcom's game). He is a very strong young man. He's going to be fine."

Reunion bowl – Teammates in the 1990s at UC Davis who cut their coaching teeth with the Aggies, Keith Buckley and Mark Grieb faced off as head coaches on Saturday.

Buckley's Pacific University squad from Forest Grove, Ore., won 28-21 at Menlo College. Buckley resurrected the Division III Pacific program four years ago. The Pacific board of trustees voted to terminate the program – suffering from low numbers, poor facilities and too many losses – in 1992 after 99 years. The Boxers are 3-0, their best start since 1950. Pacific has two starters from the Sacramento region in strong safety Josh Brinkworth of Sheldon and tight end Shane Feuerbach of Whitney.

Grieb, a record-setting passer in Arena Football with the SaberCats, is in his first season at Menlo (1-3).

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