INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Rashaan Melvin could have quit, packed his bags and walked away from the NFL once, twice, five times.
Then, Sunday never would have happened.
He could have taken it personal when the New England Patriots twice told him he didn’t fit in their plays. Or when a similar message was delivered by the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Thanks, kid, but we’re going in a different direction.
Had Melvin listened – had he given in – he wouldn’t have had the opportunity to help the Indianapolis Colts avoid an 0-3 start Sunday by snuffing out a pair of third-quarter drives with interceptions in a 31-28 win over the Cleveland Browns.
The interceptions were the first of his career, and ended a 29-game dry spell.
They served as a belated reward to Melvin’s tenacity.
“It’s about being persistent, believing in the journey,’’ the veteran cornerback said Monday. “For me, it was never that Rashaan Melvin wasn’t good enough to play in the league. ‘Rashaan Melvin, this team is not for you. Rashaan Melvin, you should think about giving up.’
“I’m still here because of my belief God has put me in place to make plays, to be in the NFL. My journey is not easy, my walk is not easy.’’
Melvin’s difficult journey – he signed with the Colts…
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