INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 4, 2016)-- Rosevelt Colvin’s journey to Super Bowl champion started right here in Indianapolis, growing up at 44th Street and Central Avenue.
“This is my neighborhood, man, this is where it all started,” Colvin said as he walked up to his childhood home.
Before the Broad Ripple High School product put on a helmet and pads, he was shooting hoops in that north side driveway.
“Every day I would come out here and shoot baskets,” he said, smiling. “ I didn’t start playing football until 7th grade though.”
That’s where he would build the work ethic that would earn him a scholarship to Purdue and two Super Bowl titles with New England.
“My paper route was up and down this street,” he reminisced.
And after a championship career in the League, Colvin made his way back to his hometown with a different mission in mind.
“Put yourself in a situation where you can live and be in a positive role and format,” he told students at his alma mater. “And that starts right here when you come to school, your mind set, your thought process.”
Colvin returned to his alma mater, along with fellow NFL champions and Indianapolis natives Mathias Kiwanuka and Courtney Roby, to make a special handoff.
“ On behalf of the NFL, myself and the fiftieth celebration of the Super Bowl, I present the Broad Ripple Rockets with the golden football,” Colvin said, surrounded by dozens of Broad Ripple students.
Now a local business owner raising his family in the Indianapolis area, Colvin makes it a priority to impact the community that encouraged his success, on and off the field.
“He is just a great man, what he’s done in his community, I mean we’ve worked together in this community and just seeing him and how he works with kids and how he’s worked with the business aspect of it,” Roby said. “He’s just a great person to model yourself after.”
“I never wanted to be a professional football player,” Colvin admitted… “It was just an opportunity I was trying to take advantage of. I wanted to be successful. I know that sounds corny but I just wanted to be able to provide for my family.”
Success, fueled by Rocket pride.