Durham, N.C. — Johnathan Lloyd leads the Duke wide receivers with 243 receiving yards, but Tuesday he was recognized nationally for being a more important type of example. The redshirt senior was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and presented with his award at the end of the team meeting during the Blue Devils‘ bye week.
Lloyd‘s involvement in the Durham Community includes volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Duke Children‘s Hospital, mentoring at Lakewood Elementary and the Durham Rescue Mission. He can‘t pick a favorite moment in all his hours of service but remembers different details of each opportunity to serve, describing the Children‘s Hospital as joyous, seeing the impact visible in the faces of the patients he spends time with, he enjoys the immediacy in being able to help families in the moment through Habitat and is fulfilled by face time with folks at the Ronald McDonald House.
“I realize how blessed I am, so trying to do that and pass it forward to those who are less fortunate and need,” Lloyd said. “I‘m grateful to be in the position I‘m in, it‘s the least I can do.”
“God doesn‘t just put you here to play football, (it‘s to ) use your platform, use who you are to effect change and effect others. It‘s something I try to do, something my mom instilled in me a long time ago. I just try to do that, continue it forward.”
Lloyd‘s mother Angela died in May of 2015, the spring of his true freshman year (during which he was a participating member of the Duke baseball program), and he sees service as one of the ways he continues to be the person she raised him to be. She was a minister of the clergy and losing her brought Lloyd heightened awareness and made him want to do more, he says.
“Her impact is something that is great on me, it motivates me every day to go out and do the right things off and on the field,” Lloyd said. “She would just be so proud, she doesn‘t really care about football or how many touchdowns you score. She was more worried about the man I am and who I am off the field. She would just be extremely proud of me.”
The Graham, NC, native recognizes what it mean to be a member of the national team and sees the status as a reminder of what he will be expected to continue, not just recognition for what he‘s done.”
“It‘s a great honor, I know about the players who have been on this team before,” he said. “I‘m just trying to follow the tradition — you know the standard they have and the people they, so to be along “
In the classroom, Lloyd is currently pursuing a master’s degree in liberal studies with a current graduate school grade-point average of 3.550.