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Life after football: The struggles after playing days come to an end

By Ben Estes, Daily Sports Editor
Published October 29, 2012

The new clerk, who knows nothing of business principle, finds himself far below men who seemed to look up to him but a short time before.” — Harper’s Weekly, Nov. 12, 1892

It’s Sept. 26, and Chris Floyd is still in Ann Arbor.

He’s still working days for Ann Arbor Parks and Rec, and he’s also now an assistant football coach for Skyline High School. He still returns to work at the Blue Lep occasionally, but the grind of football season has made those shifts less frequent.

Floyd isn’t sure of exactly what he’ll do next — again — but he’s confident something will emerge. He turned down an offer to return to his old job in D.C., with better pay, even, because he doesn’t want to concede a perfect fit elsewhere.

The former Michigan fullback also still isn’t thrilled with the way the hiring process for the Athletic Department position happened. He attributed his decision to send the combustive tweets, which have since been deleted, to his lack of knowledge about social media, but stood by the sentiment behind them.

“I don’t take none of it back,” Floyd said. “It is what it is. I support the football program and Coach Hoke until the day I don’t support them no more. It’s nothing directed at him or football, but at the same time, I feel like people within the Athletic Department did me wrong.”

Floyd may be unsure of his next move, but he remains resolute.

“I feel like as long as I continue to network and put myself out there, volunteer, or whatever the case may be, I feel like something will come in place … I’m taking it as it comes.”

Now, once more, Chris Floyd must search for a path that’s more permanent. As many have discovered, football isn’t.