A Conversation with Leland Melvin
Leland Melvin is the only person to be drafted into the NFL and flown in space! Melvin was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1986 and played professional football with Detroit and later the Dallas Cowboys. After his career was cut short with a hamstring injury, he started working with NASA and became an astronaut, traveling off-planet twice on the Space Shuttle Atlantis to help build the International Space Station. After hanging up his space boots, he was appointed head of NASA Education and served as co-chair on the White House’s Federal Coordination in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Task Force developing the nation’s 5-year STEM education plan. Leland is also currently seen as the host of the Lifetime competition series Child Genius. Leland Melvin shares some of his experiences and lessons learned from the NFL and 24 years with NASA.