Terrence Wilkins had three lives with the Indianapolis Colts as a kickoff/punt returner. And the undrafted specialist out of Virginia used them well.

The Colts’ record books tell the story how Wilkins made the most of three stints with the Colts, from 1999 to 2001, in 2003 and in 2006. He’s the team’s career leader with 176 kickoff returns for 4,017 yards. His single-season kickoff return yardage of 1,272 in 2006 is also a record.

He also ranks second in career punt returns with 119 and yardage with 1,065.

His story is one of determination, from when the wide receiver wasn’t drafted as well as when the NFL closed its doors on him again. He didn’t have any opportunities after 2003, so he went to Canada. And he kept his career going. Upon returning for what would be his NFL swan song with the Colts in 2006, he reflected upon his time in the Canadian Football League with Calgary, where he lived in a hotel room and bought his own socks and gloves.

“It kind of humbles you,” Wilkins said. “It makes you appreciate the opportunity. Being out, coming back, I’m very appreciative. I feel like I have something to prove and I try to do that every week.”

As a rookie, he started 11 games at wide receiver and scored in about every way possible — on an 80-yard pass reception, a 97-yard kickoff return, a 39-yard punt return and a fumble recovery. Talk about getting instant returns from a guy every NFL team ignored in the draft.