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Michael Floyd thanks Vikings, Patriots for taking a chance on him

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He reflected on the past year in an Instagram post

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It was exactly one year ago today that wide receiver Michael Floyd was arrested and charged with “extreme DUI” in Arizona. A former first round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, the incident cost Floyd his job in Arizona, and he would later sign with the New England Patriots. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, and after his legal matters in Arizona were pretty much settled, Floyd signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Floyd is a native of the St. Paul area, so this was a homecoming for him. He took to social media today to thank both the Vikings and the Patriots for taking a chance on him after his incident.

The caption of the photo, in case you can’t see it, reads as follows:

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

With the explosive development of Adam Thielen and the continued steady play of Stefon Diggs, Floyd hasn’t gotten a whole lot of opportunities to make plays this season. After missing the first three games of the season due to a suspension, he has 78 yards on nine catches so far this season. Still, it appears that he’s gotten his life back in order, thanks to the Vikings (and, presumably, from living with his former Notre Dame teammate, tight end Kyle Rudolph).

Whether Floyd is with the Vikings after this season or not, here’s hoping that he can keep himself on the straight and narrow going forward.