I know it's tough, Michael. Growing up is rough, as we have all found out.
Or rather, are finding out as we grow.
And pressure only makes things worse, as you are well aware. Considering all the pressures I already experience on a weekly basis, to imagine what a college football star must deal with is unfathomable to someone like me; someone who has been following you since your Cretim-Derham highlight tapes were first released to us Irish fans.
Another life lesson learned while growing up is that everyone will make mistakes, no matter how perfect any single person may seem. I've seen it all around me—people choosing the wrong routes and ending up in positions they never could have imagined. Luckily, I have been able to steer clear of that wrong route and hopefully will stay righted.
However, as many of my fellow peers (and yours as well) have done, you made a few mistakes. And when you are in one of the biggest spotlights in the sporting world, a few mistakes can lead to a downfall.
Take fellow (and former) college football star, Terrelle Pryor. Brought up with every expectation in the world that he would become the next big thing at quarterback, Pryor chose a few too many bad paths. He made mistakes that weren't fixable. Because of this, his time in the spotlight ran out and he has moved on in a different way than he had ever pictured.
My outcry in this letter is to grab your attention. The attention of college football's greatest receiving talent.
I'm sure you have heard over and over what you need to do in order to make up for your actions. We get it—you're a college kid that likes to drink beer and party on the weekends. There is no harm in that, especially in today's college atmosphere.
However, when you are in a spotlight as big as yours, every action is to be scrutinized, observed, and criticized heavily. Your mistakes would most likely be considered "stereotypical behavior" in the life of an average college student. But because you are Michael Floyd, you don't have much room to work with when it comes to evils of the media and social worlds.
I'm sure you've heard more lecturing and advice in the past year than ever before—maybe even more than Brian Kelly's football advice.
You have been given the chance of a lifetime, and a final chance. You've been given chances before, but none like this, as this is your final opportunity not only to correct that wronged path, but to make the big leap from a troubled college football star to a matured, professional, and talented receiver destined for an illustrious NFL career.
I have no doubt that you will do everything in your power to make amends not only for yourself, but for the University, for what has gotten you into this mess in the first place. After all, Kelly has given you the ultimatum of your lifetime—change or be gone.
Life lessons have been learned. Now is the time to step up or sit down.
Which will it be?
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