Shariff Floyd tells FOX 9 he's always ready to tackle a challenge with the Vikings. The first-round draft pick took to one of our 10,000 lakes to share his big plans.
The proud Florida Gator from Philly has a love for the great outdoors. When Floyd isn't at practice, you may spot him shooting archery or fishing. On Tuesday, he showed FOX 9 News how he does a little bit of both.
Without question, Floyd is excited, and already embracing what it means to be a true Minnesotan.
"I'm here to get out, and have fun, and try new things," smiled a jovial Floyd.
While there wasn't a fish on the 22-year-old defensive tackle's hook, he told FOX 9 he's already reeled in the catch of his life.
"I love Minnesota," he stated.
Finding a home is a goal that's been a long time coming for the North Philadelphian who opened up about his rough upbringing in his interview with FOX 9 News.
"I grew up not having parents and having to live alone at the age of 16," Floyd recalled. "Even when I was living with my grandma and counselor from high school, it still wasn't a normal life."
Yet, the young pro says his past is the very reason he hopes to give back to Minnesota's under-served young people.
"Kids in need and high schools that don't have clean books and things that they need to further their education," he said, listing ways he'd like to help. "Growing up, I've seen so much wrong that I understood good so well."
As he demonstrated at the range along Lake Calhoun, Floyd also enjoys flexing his archery skills.
Humble, yet self-assured, Floyd came forward about one of his self-proclaimed obsessions.
"I don't like fancy restaurants, I'm a Subway guy," he said.
In fact, Floyd eats at Subway every day.
"I was the same weight -- 300 or 295 -- for three years, consistent. So I figured if I could get my metabolism to keep processing the same thing, it would work more efficiently," nodded Floyd.
Ladies, we know you're wondering. Yes, Mr. Floyd is single.
"It takes a lot of effort for it, and can I handle it, yea? But I like to be right there, and you're right there, type of thing. Distance is not a good focus," he said.
Floyd said he's also looking forward to meeting Minnesota's major CEOs, including Scott Wine. Why? He explained it's because he is eager to learn from people he'd consider mentors and get involved with their community efforts so he can be successful on and off the field.