Former New England Patriots linebacker Rosevelt Colvin had a playful message for his son, Myles, a few days ago.
“Make sure you get your homework done, because Monday night, there’s a big game coming on,” he told him with a touch of humor. “You might see someone you know on TV.”
ESPN. Monday Night Football. Colts 40, Patriots 21.
The game played on Nov. 7, 2005, wasn’t exactly a pleasant memory for Colvin and the Patriots, who were coming off back-to-back Super Bowl championships. But he plans to watch it nonetheless.cheap nfl jerseys nike
“Of course I am!” Colvin said last week from his Indianapolis-area home. “Myles was 2 months old at the time. I retired when he was 3 years old. He never even really saw me play. It will be an opportunity to have some father-son time.”
As for the game itself, a few memories stand out to Colvin, who played for the Bears from 1999 to 2002 before finishing his career with the Patriots from 2003 to 2008.
First, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was on fire. The main storyline entering the game was how Manning had been 0-7 in Foxborough, Massachusetts, up to that point.
“You could tell he was really focused that game. He’s always focused, but that was a different level,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Patriots’ defense was shorthanded.cheap nike nfl jerseys china
“We were down a couple Hall of Famers,” Colvin recalled, in reference to losing safety Rodney Harrison to a torn ACL in Week 3 and defensive lineman Richard Seymour being inactive because of an injury.
Also, edge defender Mike Vrabel was moved to inside linebacker; veteran cornerback Duane Starks was benched, as the Patriots’ young corners were vulnerable; and Manning’s three-receiver attack picked apart New England’s nickel defense.
And finally, the Colts’ emotion was palpable. Receiver Marvin Harrison made an acrobatic touchdown catch and spiked the football emphatically afterward, which was out of character for the mild-mannered Hall of Famer. Fellow receiver Reggie Wayne did something similar at a different point in the game.
So when Colvin watched some highlights last week to refresh his memory, he started a little trash talk on social media.
“I tweeted at Reggie about it,” he cracked. “[Coach] Tony Dungy must have said something smart to them leading up to the game, because they both had situations where they disrespectfully spiked the ball in someone’s face after they caught a pass.”