If there's one silver lining that I can find in the Falcons Super Bowl loss, it's that two Patriot players played at my alma mater, the University of Georgia. Center David Andrews and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell are Dawgs. I said I wanted both players to have a good game, just not too good. They were both better than good.
Malcolm Mitchell is one of my favorite, if not all-time favorite, Dawgs. He's what we call a DGD. A Damn Good Dawg.
Malcolm had a stellar career in Athens. His one big mistake came during the first game of the 2013 season. He celebrated a Todd Gurley 75-yard touchdown run a little too hard and tore his ACL. He missed the rest of the season. During his rehab he joined a book club.
The story garnered a good bit of attention when CBS ran a profile piece back in 2014. It was a great story. A superstar collegiate athlete who read at a junior high level joined a book club filled with suburban housewives. It was a feel good story about a gifted player who wanted to better himself.
And then the feel good story got even better. Malcolm has taken his love of reading to a whole new level. He authored a children's book, The Magician's Hat and started a children's literacy foundation, Read With Malcolm.
Here's Steve Hartman's updated piece that aired Super Bowl Sunday.
Malcolm Michell is now a Super Bowl champion. But really, he's been a winner all along.
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