Rosevelt Colvin
Rosevelt Colvin with official John Parry in 2008.
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-09-05) September 5, 1977 (age 42)
Place of birth: Indianapolis, Indiana
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 4 / Pick: 111
Debuted in 1999 for the Chicago Bears
Last played in 2008 for the New England Patriots
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     317
Sacks     52.5
INT     3
Stats at

Rosevelt Colvin, III (born September 5, 1977) is a retired American football linebacker, who now works as a football analyst for the Big Ten Network. Drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft, he played college football at Purdue.

Colvin played for the Chicago Bears between 1999 and 2002. Colvin has earned two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, and has also been a member of the Houston Texans.

Early yearsEdit

Colvin attended Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis. He earned Second Team All-State honors as a junior, and recorded a school-record 219 tackles as a senior. In that final season at Broad Ripple, Colvin earned honors as an All-Marion County Player, the Indianapolis News Defensive Player of the Year, an All-Metro Player, and was a First Team All-State selection. He also played basketball in high school.

While at Purdue, Colvin was selected to the All-Big Ten teams in 1997 and 1998. The Boilermakers went 18-7 in his final two seasons in West Lafayette.

Professional careerEdit

Chicago BearsEdit

Colvin was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He became the first Bear to post double-digit sacks in consecutive years, 2001–2002,[1] since Richard Dent.

Colvin was named to the Bears' All-Decade Defense team along with fellow linebackers Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs.[2]

First stint with PatriotsEdit

After playing for the Bears, Colvin was signed by the New England Patriots in 2003. Early in his first season with New England, Colvin suffered a shattered socket in his left hip. It took Colvin a year to recover, while the Patriots won back-to-back Super Bowls. Colvin did not start again until 2005, and in 2006, he was a full-time starter at outside linebacker for the Patriots. He was placed on injured reserve by the Patriots on November 27, 2007.

On February 26, 2008, the Patriots released Colvin after he failed a physical with the team.[3] He had one year left on his contract with a $5.5 million base salary.[4]

Houston TexansEdit

On June 16, 2008, Colvin signed with the Houston Texans. On August 29, 2008, the Texans released Colvin during final roster cuts.[5]

Second stint with PatriotsEdit

Colvin was re-signed by the New England Patriots on December 3, 2008 after cornerback Jason Webster was placed on injured reserve.

Personal lifeEdit

As a teenager, he worked at a concession stand in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.

Colvin and his wife Tiffany reside in the affluent Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, Indiana during the off-season. Colvin owns one UPS store in the area,[6] as well as a cupcake shop called "SweeTies Gourmet Treats".[7]


See alsoEdit

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