The Minnesota Vikings may not be near the top of the standings, but they lead the league in Melvin Browns—they have two of them. To add to the confusion, the Browns are roommates, and both are on injured reserve with damaged knees.
Melvin Anthony Brown, who answers to Melvin or M.A., is a 5'11", 176-pound cornerback from Mississippi. Melvin Lee Brown, who is called Mel, M.L. or the other Melvin, is a 6'4", 195-pound rookie wide receiver from North Alabama.
"When a coach told me during the off-season, 'We're scouting another one of you,' I thought he meant another cornerback," says M.A. "You never want to hear that. But when he said, 'No, another Melvin Brown,' I couldn't wait to meet my clone." Says M.L., "We hit it off right away. We're a lot alike."
So they decided to become roommates. And on occasions it can really get confusing. Like when the phone rings. Says M.A., "The voice will say, 'May I please speak to Melvin?' And I'll say, 'Which Melvin?' And the caller will say, 'Melvin Brown.' Then I'll get 10 minutes into the conversation and realize the caller wants M.L." Or, when the mail arrives. Says M.A., "If it's addressed to Melvin Brown, we usually open it together." Says M.L., "But if it's a bill, I tell Melvin, 'Definitely, it's for you.' "