Hailing from a family of professional athletes, Melvin Bullitt was an all-star defensive football player for Naaman Forest High School, Texas A&M University and the Indianapolis Colts.
Melvin’s high school career was marked by notable stats and praise. During his senior year at Naaman Forest, Melvin was voted team captain and totaled 78 tackles, five pass deflections and three interceptions, while also catching seven passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. His athletic talents resulted in multiple recognitions, including a 2003 team MVP title and first-team All-District honor. Following an impressive high school career, Melvin accepted an offer to attend Texas A&M University on a football scholarship.
The hometown marvel continued to earn acknowledgment as an Aggie. He played in 8 of 12 games as a freshman and all games as a sophomore, ending the season with 29 tackles and one interception. Showing versatility, he undertook a different position every season, beginning at corner, moving to free safety, strong safety and ultimately outside linebacker. During his senior year, Melvin made national headlines when he was named to the 2006 AT&T All-Big 12 Football first team. He ended his four-year college career with 183 tackles with 10 tackles for loss and four interceptions.
Like his father and uncle, former Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns players respectively, Melvin signed with an NFL team out of college. He began his professional career as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts, fresh off their 2006 Super Bowl title. In the second half of the 2007 game against Tennessee, playing safety, Melvin made a team high of 10 tackles. He received a spot on USA Today’s 2008 and 2009 All-Joe teams and earned ESPN’s Emerging Star of the AFC South 2009 title. He was also elected as a 2009 special-teams captain and named USA Today’s Unsung Hero of the Week. An injury ended Melvin’s career with the Colts in 2011.
Committed to encouraging and inspiring his home district’s student athletes, Melvin served as the guest speaker at Garland ISD’s 2014 National Signing Day Ceremony. Melvin continues to be an active community member by supporting Garland Youth Football, and by hosting an annual summer camp for area children.