Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Greg Lloyd, Sr. earned five Pro Bowl selections and was arguably the most feared player in the National Football League during the 1990s.
Yet his son, one of the newest Eagles, says he doesn't feel extra pressure as a player because of his father. In fact, he told Philadelphia reporters on a conference call Saturday that he wanted nothing to do with him.
Lloyd did not divulge specific details about his relationship with his father. The comments arose from an alleged incident in 2001 when Lloyd, Sr. stuck a gun in Lloyd, Jr.'s mouth when he was 12 years old because of poor grades at school, according to an article by National Football Post.
"In all honesty, we don't have a relationship," said Lloyd, Jr. "Really the only thing there is to say about it is that he was a phenomenal football player. Having the same name and having the same profession, I can only expect to have the same aspirations for me.
"I'm going to be constantly judged by like how great he was. Honestly, it's going to be a lot of work. I want to prove myself and put a name out there for myself. My whole thought process coming into it is I have the mindset of planning on being better than him. That way, when people talk about me, they won't be comparing me to my father, they'll be comparing me to what I have done because I'll be my own person."
If Lloyd does want to be better than his father, he is going to have to avoid the injuries which hampered his junior and senior years at college. He suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee during the 2009 season, which required reconstructive surgery, and also affecting his 2010 season. He says he thinks those injuries affected his draft value.
"I think it definitely kind of set me back because if people couldn't evaluate me to my best," Lloyd said. "I mean I really didn't get a chance to show what I could do in my senior year because I got hurt at the end of my junior year and then I tried to come back like a little too early. Then in my senior year, I couldn't really play, so I had to sit out. So, I kind of feel like it definitely held me back.
"The fact I couldn't play my senior year as opposed to everybody else that had the opportunity to finish playing out their senior year, but I mean I'm definitely ecstatic about the way everything has turned out and the situation that I'm in and the fact that I'm obviously getting the opportunity to play for the Philadelphia Eagles."
Lloyd believes his best years are definitely still to come.
"Most definitely. I had rehab basically my entire senior year," Lloyd said. "I'm back in tip-top shape and I'm willing to get out there on a field and hurt anything and everything put in front of me."