The United Football League hosted their 2011 Draft via Twitter on May 2 and, with the 41st overall pick, the Las Vegas Locomotives selected wide receiver Cam Colvin from the University of Oregon.
The road for Colvin to get to this point in his career has not been easy. His father died when he was six and his mother died when he was fifteen. For many, losing both parents at such an early age could have been devastating. Luckily for him, it was not.
Colvin attended De La Salle high school, which is known for its powerhouse football program. It has produced NFL players such as Maurice Jones-Drew and Amani Toomer. He played wide receiver and was one of the nation’s top collegiate recruits following his high school career.
Weighing his many offers, Colvin decided to attend the University of Oregon. A big factor in his decision was that a lot of people from De La Salle were attending Oregon and it made it more appealing.
“Having best friends, a winning program and a top academic institution. You can't lose with that,” said Colvin.
Sadly, Colvin would face tragedy again. Just a few days before the start of practice for the Oregon football team, Colvin’s friend Terrance Kelly was shot and killed.
“His loss was very hard, not only for me, but an entire community. He was one of the people I turned to when I lost my mother. So his family was like my family,” said Colvin. “It was tough but opened my eyes about life.”
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Colvin admitted that it had an affect on him during his freshman year of college.
“At the time I did not think so, but I believe it did. It was a kind of distraction that most students don’t have in college,” said Colvin.
He really started to grasp the Oregon offense during his senior year after having two incredible games against Stanford and California. He produced eight receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown against Stanford and followed it the very next week with seven receptions for 74 yards and another touchdown against Cal.
Then, the next week, on October 13, 2007 against Washington State, Colvin suffered a broken ankle early in the game.
“I was thrown a bubble screen and my foot was caught under me and was cut at the same time, and I broke my ankle,” said Colvin.
The injury ended his senior season but it did not end his dream of reaching the National Football League.
“What's life without obstacles and pressures, I look at my pressures and the pressures of a soldier at war. I'm blessed to have dealt the things I have. Lessons learned. I take my hat off to a soldier, imagine that pressure,” said Colvin.
He put up modest numbers at Oregon with 74 receptions for 892 yards and seven touchdowns, but they were not well enough to be drafted by the NFL.
But with NFL size at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds and good speed (reportedly ran a 4.37 40-yard dash) the intrigue was enough for the San Francisco 49ers to sign him as an un-drafted free agent.
“It was amazing, living your dream. All the countless hours put in, long days, shorts nights, becoming the best of the best,” said Colvin. “Putting on that uniform definitely had a special meaning.”
Colvin’s NFL career was short lived but now he is focused on playing for his new UFL team.
“[Being drafted] is extremely big for me, to be apart of a winning franchise, for the staff to see something in me to help contribute to the UFL, locos and the city of Las Vegas,” said Colvin.
Colvin said he is ready to do whatever the Locomotives want him to do to help them win their third UFL Championship.
“Whatever way they need me to: special teams, offense. I'm ready to play my role and make some big things happen. We have a very talented WR core, so I'm excited to learn from the guys and make plays,” said Colvin.
The UFL has been around for two seasons and Colvin said that he has followed the league’s progress.
“I've had a few good friends and former teammates that are on teams. I am a fan of the league and what they are doing for us players,” said Colvin.
Now, he is ready to join his friends and start his career over with the UFL.
“I live to compete, regardless of the odds and elements,” said Colvin. “I'm a talented football player that loves to work, be a part of a team and play the game we all love so much.”