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.
“Dad, I’m not gonna get drafted,” Aaron Colvin said through uncontrollable tears. “I did everything right. I did everything I was supposed to. Why?”
Bryant didn't know what to say. He told his son to stay positive, but what Aaron really needed in that moment was his momma.
“He confides and talks with her much more than he does me,” Bryant said. “He tells her all of his little hurts, his pains and his emotional stress. He doesn't talk to me in that way. With me, it’s always kind of a rah-rah thing.”
So Lisa bought a plane ticket and flew the next day to Mobile, Ala., a trip that was vital for both mother and son.
“He just needed that encouragement,” Lisa said. “We are pretty close as a family, so he was there by himself. I just needed to be there so we could draw from one another, and to build him up.”
Aaron estimates he’s spent only a week or two at home since beginning Draft preparations, and said it’ll be a relief to be there, surrounded by family, over a stressful few days while he waits for a team to give him his opportunity.
“Anytime I’m around my family it’s always special,” Colvin said. “This time I’ll get a chance to bring together my whole family from other states, people I haven’t seen in a while. It’ll be a fun atmosphere.
“I know I’ll probably be a little nervous but I kinda think I know what to expect. Whatever happens I’ll be ready for it.”