Melvin Bullitt was November 13, 1984 in Bryan, Texas. He is entering his fourth season as defensive back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League.
Bullitt attended Naaman Forest High School in Garland, Texas, where he was voted Team MVP after totaling 78 tackles, 43 solo, five passes defensed, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. His productive play earned him a full scholarship at Texas A&M University.
Bullitt’s career got off to a slow start in College Station. He played in eight games as a backup cornerback his freshman year, and made two starts as a free safety his sophomore year. He finally worked his way into full-time duty as a junior playing the strong safety position. He started 10 games, finishing with 59 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. He switched positions again before his senior season, moving from safety to outside linebacker, and the result was his best collegiate season, earning Bullitt an inclusion on the 2006 AT&T All-Big 12 First Team.
Bullitt was not drafted in the 2007 NFL Draft, but Bill Polian brought him to Training Camp in Terre Haute, Indiana as an undrafted free agent. He made the squad with his aggressive style, and played in 15 games his rookie year as a backup safety and special teams guy. He registered his first career interception versus the Houston Texans, and had a team-high nine tackles against Tennessee when Tony Dungy rested many of the Colts starters in Week 17.
With All Pro safety Bob Sanders dealing with injuries for most of the year, Bullitt actually started eight games in his second season. He had 69 tackles and a team-leading four interceptions, proving to the coaching staff that Bullitt was a starting caliber NFL safety. Sanders was again plagued by injuries in 2009, and Bullitt again filled in admirably, starting 12 games in his stead. Despite dealing with injuries late in the season, Bullitt recorded three double-digit tackle performances and played an integral role in the teams run to the Super Bowl. Prior to the season, Bullitt was voted co-captain of the special teams along with Adam Vinatieri.
During the 2009 season, Bullitt and fellow defensive back Marlin Jackson had a radio show on WNDE-AM 1260 hosted by John Michael Vincent called “The Jackson and Bullitt Show.” Bullitt proved to be a very engaging media personality, and others in the Indianapolis media have sought his services, including Channel 56 WXIN.
|Melvin Bullitt had Super Bowl Media Day.|
In both 2008 and 2009 Bullitt was named to USA Today’s “All Joe” Team, which is comprised of players deemed to be hard workers and overachievers that are overlooked by the national media.
Bullitt wears number 33 in honor of his father, who sported the number as a linebacker at Texas A&M. Melvin is currently single, and resides in Garland, Texas during the offseason.