The Reason I Play: Maryland's Melvin Keihn, Part II
Melvin landed in Baltimore, Maryland, and began living with his father. He struggled in school because teachers and his peers could not understand his accent. The students made fun of him, and he began to fight back. After Melvin got expelled from numerous schools for fighting, his father Bainda sat him down and told him to channel his anger into something else. That’s when they both discovered football. Melvin used the sport as an outlet to unleash his frustration and take his mind off his mother, who remained back in Liberia. He realized football could open the door to greater things for him in the United States.