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Meet the NFL Player Turned NASA Astronaut Who Went to Space After Going Deaf

Leland Melvin knows a thing or two about beating the odds as he is the first NFL player to fly in space, according to Face 2 Face Africa . “I remember this quote, and it said the two most important days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you figure out why,” Melvin said in an interview with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) . As a young boy, Melvin reveals he had a passion for building things. He shared how he created his own bicycle from parts he picked up and once refurbished an old bread truck and family camper with his father. No matter what, he always jumped at the opportunity to experiment with whatever he laid his hands on. “It’s never too late to figure out why you were born,” Melvin said. “Once you start answering that question, that could be at 95. Let’s say you live to 100. You have five years to live out this passion, this why.” As a high school student, he was afforded the opportunity to attend a special engineering program at the...

Sep 9, 2020