Golden Football presented to Lakewood
Football player and former Lakewood student William Floyd made a special appearance today (Jan. 15) in the Lakewood auditorium to hand off a Golden Football.
Lakewood High School, among other high schools throughout the country, received a commemorative Golden Football produced by Wilson in honor of every player or head coach who went to their school and was on an active Super Bowl roster. This year will be the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl.
"Every time I come home I feel like I never left," said Floyd, who graduated in 1990. "I mean things have changed up a little bit... but just a lot of great memories every time I come back."
After Floyd graduated from Lakewood, he went on to Florida State University where he won a National Championship and got drafted to be part of the San Francisco 49ers where he played in Super Bowl 29 and won.
"Go get it, don't let anyone tell you, you can't," Floyd told students.
Floyd is not only a football player but is a husband and father who now lives in Orlando.
While distributing the Golden Football, Floyd also talked about his high school career.
"I came into the locker room one day all mad, yelling at everyone and one of my players told me ‘you ain't bigger than the team'" he said.
Floyd lost the game that day. It broke his heart, he said. He told students that he lost only four games in his high school career.
"This was my field, this was my home," Floyd said.
Floyd also gave the Spartans some advice.
"The most important thing is to make sure you can stay on the field so that means, of course, having your grades. ...I think if you have the grades, that opens up all kinds of opportunities for you. So I could say, number one, make sure you're focused on your grades, number two, stay out of trouble. I think that is very important and number three, dream big, and go get your dreams, follow them," Floyd said.
Floyd showed the students some videos of his career at Florida State as well as his games in the pros.
Junior Ryian Freeman attended the event.
"I think it was a good motivational speech to hear from a guy that came from the same situation we are in and to see that it's possible to make it to the NFL. ... It was like a wake-up call, that, wow, I can really make it to the next level," he said.
The golden football was presented to Lakewood High School on Jan. 15 by former student William Floyd.