It has been almost two full calendar years since Adrian Colbert lined up for the Texas Longhorns, transferring to Miami for his senior year and now working to make it in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.
But going much further back than his days in Austin, Colbert’s backstory is one of overcoming the odds to become successful.
As told by WFAA’s Mike Leslie:
Colbert spent the first 10 years of his life in Wichita Falls, bouncing back and forth between his mother and a father involved in drugs and local gangs.
What broke the cycle was one of the worst tragedies that could befall a child.
Colbert was hit by a car while riding his bike and spent more than a week in a coma. Needless to say it was a wakeup call for his entire family. Colbert’s father moved him to Mineral Wells, located an hour and a half west of Dallas, and took a legitimate job at Walmart.
Located far from his mother, Colbert struggled to adapt until he was taken in by a local family. From there, he blossomed into the great football player that wound up with the ‘Horns, Hurricanes and now the 49ers. As difficult as the journey was for Colbert, it may have been even more so for his father.
“I always tell him you can learn a lot from a dummy,” says Colbert Sr. “I feel like I was the biggest dummy.”