Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is a man of many talents. While spending the previous week in Mobile, Alabama for the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl, Mitchell took a few moments to speak with Campus Sports about his interests off the field.
While fans in Athens know about some of Mitchell’s extracurriculars, your average football fan may not know about his interest in reading or writing which was evident when he self-published a children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat.”
Mitchell began reading when he arrived in Athens and he credits that for changing his outlook.
Reading doesn’t only help Mitchell off the field, it improves his ability and awareness on the field which he says allows him to make football decisions much quicker than before.
In essence, reading is Mitchell’s secret weapon.
“I think reading helps build confidence and strength, so I’m picking up on things a lot quicker than I was previously. Whether it’s alignments, coverage recognition, my mind just picks up on it really quick,” Mitchell told Campus Sports.
Mitchell’s passion for books first became public knowledge when he joined a women’s book club in Athens as he was recovering from a torn ACL. That was what ultimately kept his mind on the right track as he rehabbed the injury and eventually returned to the field.
For Mitchell, that passion for reading is something that he hopes to continue sharing with people as his personal and professional life continues.
But will that result in another self-published book?
“I got one coming up,” Mitchell said.
We can’t wait to see how it all turns out.
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