Aaron Colvin recently had the word “family” tattooed on one bicep. Before long, he plans to add “first” to the other arm.
The gesture seems fitting, especially considering the way Colvin’s family supported him throughout the hectic — and sometimes depressing — past few months.
Distant relatives will descend upon Tulsa to join the former Sooner cornerback, his parents and siblings while they wait to hear his name called in this weekend’s NFL Draft.
“He’s been playing ball since he was 5 waiting for this moment,” said Lisa Colvin, his mother. “It may not be how he played it out in his head, but we know that it’s God’s plan. It’s exciting, and we’re gonna enjoy it, no matter how it works out.”
Colvin played his senior season through multiple painful injuries, and an ACL tear a few weeks after his collegiate career ended undoubtedly caused him to fall several rounds from where he otherwise would've been drafted. But he’s remained positive since the injury, and that’s mostly due to the unshakable support he’s received from his family.
“I couldn't ask for better parents throughout this process,” Colvin said before quickly correcting himself.
“I couldn't ask for better parents, period. Their mentality, their mindset makes me stronger because they’re just so strong-willed. They don’t let many things affect them or get them down, and if they do, they’re not gonna show it.”
Colvin, a former Owasso High standout, missed lots of time in 2013 while battling a head injury, a nagging shoulder problem and turf toe. Despite that, he earned first-team All-Big 12 honors for a second straight season and played a vital role for the Sugar Bowl champion Sooners.
Then on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Bryant Colvin’s phone rang, and his oldest son was hysterical on the other end. Aaron had just torn his ACL during Senior Bowl practice.