There isn’t much Tom Brady hasn’t accomplished in his storied NFL career. But in the Super Bowl against Atlanta, former Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell did help him cross off another accomplishment.
Mitchell was the first rookie to catch a pass in the Super Bowl from Brady, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The former Georgia wide receiver was taken in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft and picked up a larger role in the New England offense after Rob Gronkowski went down with an injury.
In the Super Bowl, Mitchell came down with 6 catches for 70 yards, including a number of key third down conversions.
And while the Super Bowl might seem like a big stage for someone in their first season, Mitchell showed exactly why he belonged on the field, as Brady explained.
“I think he had earned that trust of everybody,” Brady told Peter King of the MMQB.com. “If it was Julian, Julian was going to get it. If it was Malcolm, Malcolm was going to get it. Malcolm happened to be in those spots. And everybody had confidence to have Malcolm in those spots if he got it. He proved everybody right because he came up with the plays.”
In his first season in the NFL, Mitchell came down with 32 catches and 401 yards despite missing time with some injuries. Brady was also suspended for the first four games of the season. With a full offseason to work alongside Brady and the Patriots offense, the Georgia product should see an increase in numbers in his second season.
Especially when arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time trusts you.