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Leland Melvin heads to space by Jan 2nd on the STS-12 Mission

Orlando, Fl (PRWEB) December 8, 2007 — Leland Melvin was chosen by the Detroit Lions in the 11th Round of the 1986 NFL Draft. Leland also participated in the Toronto Argonauts and Dallas Cowboy Football Training Camps before leaving football for a higher calling, Space. After leaving Football, Leland received a Master in Material Science Enginner [sic] and studied fiber optics at Langley.

STS-12 Mission Crew

Leland Melvin [second from the left in the photo. Ed.]is the first NFL Player to go to Space. Leland has inspired thousands of students to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics since joining NASA in 1998. “Leland was named Sportsmavericks 2007 Sports Legend of the Year April 10, 2007 for his accomplishments in academics and sports. Leland D. Melvin is a NCAA Division I Academic All American from University of Richmond, Chemist, Former NFL Player with Detroit Lions and Dallas cowboys, Material Engineer and NASA Astronaut.


“Leland took his skills from the Gridiron, and combined them with his skills from the classroom to reach for the stars,” says Ida Muorie

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