M alcom Floyd recalled an overwhelming sense of helplessness.
He wanted to get up, but he couldn’t. He wanted the tingling in his arms and legs to go away, but it didn’t.
The River City High School graduate and veteran San Diego Chargers wide receiver was crushed on an over-the-middle pass at Philadelphia in Week 2 last season. Floyd’s head was driven back into his shoulder pads by the Eagles’ DeMeco Ryans. Floyd crumpled to the turf. While trainers attended to him, teammates surrounded him. Floyd’s neck was immobilized, his helmet left on his head but face mask removed. He was whisked out of Lincoln Financial Field on a stretcher.
Floyd, who turns 33 in September, suffered a spinal cord contusion. His season was over but not the pain. He experienced the tingling in his limbs and sharp pains in his neck for months. He wore a neck brace until December, including to bed.
It could have been worse, certainly, and that’s why Floyd said he feels “grateful” for such a productive, return-to-form training camp, and to be listed as a starter in his 10th NFL season. The Chargers play the 49ers on Sunday, and Floyd will have scores of family members at Levi’s Stadium, including his older brother, Malcolm – with an extra “L” in his first name – who also played wide receiver in the NFL during the 1990s after excelling at McClatchy and Fresno State.
“I don’t have a lot of seasons left in my career, so I want to enjoy all of this while I can,” Floyd said. “I appreciate all of it. It’s great to be back.”
When he retires from football, Floyd said he will consider a career in engineering or medicine. And he wants to watch his three young children – Malc, Maiu and Marae – grow up. Mostly, he wants to finish his career, which started as an undrafted rookie out of Wyoming, on his own terms – to walk away on his own power.
“It’s not shocking at all that Malcom’s here,” Chargers coach Mike McCoy told San Diego media recently. “Anyone who’s been here, who’s coached him, has always raved about his work ethic, his leadership.”
Section Hall of Fame
The Sac-Joaquin Section Hall of Fame will induct 32 members on Sunday at Sleep Train Arena. The local entries include:
• Eileen Claugus – The 1971 Junior National Cross Country champion from Rio Americano was a three-time state Runner of the Year who set national prep records. Claugus in 1975 was named UC Davis’ first Female Athlete of the Year.
• Randy Fasani – The nation’s No. 1 college quarterback prospect from Del Oro in 1996, Fasani made Parade and USA Today All-America teams before going to Stanford.
• Bob Forsch – An All-Metro baseball and basketball player from Johnson High in the late 1960s, Forsch logged 16 major-league seasons, winning 168 games and tossing two no-hitters.
• Richard Fox – One of the most successful wrestling coaches in state history, Fox led Ponderosa to 12 section dual titles and eight section tournament championships.
• Ray Gutierrez – The Tri-County Conference commissioner since 2006, Gutierrez has worked in education for 54 years, many in the Woodland Unified School District.
• Sheila Hudson – A four-time section long- and triple-jump champion from 1983 to 1985 at Rio Linda, she also won a state championship in the triple jump. Hudson went on to win three NCAA triple-jump titles at Cal. She set the American triple-jump record 12 times.
• Eric and Mark Mastalir – The twins were track and cross country stars in the mid-1980s at Jesuit, winning state titles and setting national and regional records. Both attended Stanford.
• Carl McCullough – The state track and field Athlete of the Year in 1972 from Sacramento, McCullough powered the Dragons to a state team title. He was a five-time All-American at Arizona.
• Mark McDermott – A former longtime Bee sportswriter, McDermott still contributes a weekly baseball notebook.
• Jinee Sargent – A coach and administrator in the San Juan Unified School District for three decades, Sargent has been the section volleyball tournament director since 1988.
• Michael Stember – One of the nation’s premier distance runners at Jesuit in the mid-1990s, Stember held the state record in the 1,600 for eight years and was an All-American at Stanford.
• Craig Wilson – A star water polo goalie for Davis in the mid-1970s, Wilson later led UC Santa Barbara to an NCAA championship and competed in three Olympics.
• Amy Windmiller – A dominating softball pitcher for Mira Loma and Sacramento City College who set records at Cal State Northridge, Windmiller had 47 high school shutouts and 12 no-hitters.
• Ray Willett – A highly regarded referee/official for three sports, Willett worked dozens of section championship events in three decades.
• Alynn Wright – The St. Francis volleyball coach since 1989, Wright has gone 310-70 since 2004 with 12 section titles, two NorCal titles and a state championship in 2005.
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