When Leland Melvin was in college he was offered to tryout for the Detroit Lions,an actual NFL team.Melvin was doing great but on the last week of cuts he tore his hamstring. He was cut and never played football again.
Chasing Space:Losing His Hearing
When is she going to start the beeping
While Melvin wasn't practicing at football, he would stay up late studding and doing work for college. Every night he would usually get 5 hours of sleep and get up to go work out.
Chasing Space:Losing His Best Friend
One night a lady said she was looking for him and that NASA would give him a full paid job where he would meet his best friend William C. McCool who would would lose his life on on board Space Shuttle Columbia 2 months later.
Chasing Space:In Space
Im Liveing The Dream!
During Flight training, Leland lost his hearing and professionals couldn't figure out what caused it. NASA banned him from flying and that he would not be aboard Space Shuttle Columbia. He decided to get surgery on his ear and it worked.It took 8 months for Leland to convince NASA to let him fly again.
Raise your left hand when you hear the beep noise.....Oh Dear!
In 1986 73 seconds after the Columbia lift off, a piece of foam installation fell off the shuttle and struck the left wing of the orbiter. On February 1 2003 the Columbia disintegrated and killed all 7 crew members including William McCool Lelands best freind.
Then 19 months after the destruction of the Columbia, Leland was on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis. It was succesfull in the launch and Leland was the only NFL player to go into space and he loved it. His Quote while he was up there was "Seeing is believing and i believe there are second chances.