Most professional football players would likely rate winning the Super Bowl as their proudest achievement, but not New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.
Mitchell arrived at the University of Georgia as a prized recruit for the football program. However, he also arrived at the University struggling with a junior high school reading level. He dedicated himself to improving his reading on his own.
During college, he had a conversation with a woman in a bookstore about a novel, and she invited him to join her book club. Mitchell was one of the top college receivers at the time, attending classes full-time, but he also made time to read the monthly book club selections and attend the meetings.
In hopes of inspiring literacy in children, now the reader has become a writer. Mitchell wrote The Magician’s Hat, a children’s book about the magic of reading. Despite playing on the winning team in Super Bowl 51, Mitchell feels his greatest achievement to date has been writing this book. It’s always refreshing to see another, more human, side of athletes.
Read more of Mitchell’s inspiring story here.