Wide receiver Malcom Floyd has had certainty in a season where uncertainty has been tough to avoid.
While the rest of his teammates are unsure whether they will play again at Qualcomm Stadium after Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, Floyd knows he will not. Whether the Chargers move to Los Angeles or stay in San Diego is no matter, as the veteran wideout will retire when the 2015 campaign comes to a close.
Sunday will be his last home game as a San Diego Charger.
“I’ve thought about it a little bit,” Floyd said. “I think our main focus right now is just trying to win this game … I think my emotions now are just really being mad about how things are going [this season] and the ball not going our way.”
The answer is one you would expect from the consummate professional; still, Floyd did acknowledge that a win against the Dolphins would be meaningful, considering the situation.
“Especially if it might be our last game [at Qualcomm], that’d be awesome,” he said.
Floyd announced his retirement this past offseason and has stuck to his initial plan, despite a 3-10 record and prodding from teammates to reconsider.
“Of course I would have liked it to turn out on the brighter side, but life isn’t always a fairy tale,” he said. “You just have to roll with the punches. As a football player, that’s just what you do. You play through it and you do it for your teammates and fans. That’s all I know.”
M-80, as Floyd is affectionately called, joined the Chargers in 2004 as an undrafted free agent and has been with the team ever since, totaling 317 catches for 5,481 yards in 118 regular season games. He leads the league this season in average yards-per-catch (18.9).
Health has always been an issue for the Sacramento native, who started all 16 regular season games just once in his career – in 2014, when he recorded 52 receptions, 856 yards and six touchdowns.
Rivers and Floyd have always had a strong connection.
“He’s not underappreciated in [this locker room], but he’s probably underappreciated on the outside,” Rivers said earlier this week. “I think the guys that play against him certainly respect him, but you know, he doesn’t have that flashy style; he’s so humble and he just kind of goes about his business.
“But he’s had a heck of a run. A twelve-year career as an undrafted free agent, and to stay on one team the whole time … That’s pretty special.”
Pretty special, indeed. One last time, on Sunday, fans will remember why.