Is Melvin Bullitt the Next Bob Sanders?

Aaron GlennContributor IOctober 13, 2008

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 19:  Safety Melvin Bullitt #33 of the Indianapolis Colts during warmups for the game with the Green Bay Packers on October 19, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin. The Packers won 34-14.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

OK, I am prepared to take a lot of heat for this article, as it is a very touchy subject to Colts fans. Let me remind you, however, that I am a very big Colts fan.

Bob Sanders. Is that a sentence? Well, it should be because nothing else needs to be said. Bob Sanders. Sounds good, eh?

What if we tried this one. Melvin Bullitt. Does it sound as good? Maybe not, but I will bet you are wondering. Melvin Bullitt. Sounds pretty good to me.

Melvin Terry Bullitt was born in Bryan, TX and raised in Dallas. He attended Naaman Forest High School, where he was obviously the team's MVP. His senior year, he totaled 78 tackles, 43 solo, five batted passes, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble. Pretty good? Well, figure in the fact that he also had seven receptions for 185 yards and a touchdown on the offensive side of the ball.

In college, at Texas A&M, he was very impressive as well. In his freshman year, he did not start a game, thus he only had 13 tackles. As a sophomore, he started two games, and that year he had 29 tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble. 

In his third season at Texas A&M, Bullitt started 10 games, recording 59 tackles, two pickoffs, and two forced fumbles. 

And his fourth and final season, he started 13 games, had 84 tackles, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, and 8 passes swatted away.

Needless to say, Bob Sanders' college career looks a little better, okay, a lot better. But lets take a look at some key points. 

1. Melvin Bullitt would never have gotten a look had Sanders not been injured and had Bullitt not made so many big hits on special teams. The job would have went to Matt Giordano.

2. Bob Sanders is amazing...when he's healthy. Will we as Colts fans ever see a season with a healthy Bob Sanders? I doubt it, due to him putting his body on the line every down.

3. While having Bullitt out there is great, because he hits hard and always seems to be around the ball, Bob Sanders is still irreplaceable. But with the way Melvin is playing right now, it's hard to miss him too much.

Like I said at the beginning, I am prepared to take the heat with this article, just remember, that just like you, I bleed blue.

Bob Sanders is amazing, but, so is Melvin Bullitt.

I must admit, I am very well pleased with Bullitt.