Former Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell became a fan favorite during his time playing in Athens, both for his production and reliability on the field as well as his positive and encouraging demeanor in pursuits off of it.
The New England Patriots drafted him in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and he had a solid rookie season that culminated in a Super Bowl championship.
Mitchell’s story will be chronicled on ESPN’s E:60 this Sunday at 9 a.m. ET, tracing his career from his days at Valdosta High School, where his initial college football knowledge was, well, limited.
Nick Saban? With a scholarship offer? …Never heard of him.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) July 28, 2017
“I had no idea who they were,” Mitchell said of a conversation during his junior year of high school with Alabama head coach Nick Saban and then-assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt, who subsequently coached at Georgia during the wide receiver’s career. “They offered me a scholarship. And I hung up the phone and carried on my day like nothing happened.”
Other teased highlights of the upcoming feature include an inside look at Mitchell’s draft-day experience, both from the Patriots headquarters as well as his family’s watch party.
Selected 112th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, Malcolm Mitchell became an integral part of the @Patriots championship run.
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— E:60 (@E60) July 27, 2017
“It was just like, an answer from heaven,” said Mitchell’s mother, Pratina Woods, about her son getting the call from New England.
— Malcolm Mitchell (@Money_Mitch26) February 6, 2017