UGA WR Malcolm Mitchell Shows Off Children's Book He Authored at SEC Media Days

Dan Carson@@DrCarson73Trending Lead WriterJuly 16, 2015


Malcolm Mitchell's penchant for words first made itself known in 2014, when the Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver's involvement in a local book club became national news.

A 6'1", then-21-year-old burner, Mitchell stood out from the Athens club's prevailing membership of women in their 40s, 50s and 60s.

But after meeting one member at a Barnes & Noble in Athens, Georgia, Mitchell was hooked. He began attending monthly meetings, earning the label "nerd" from those who didn't understand why he'd hang out in such circles.

Funny thing is, as someone who admitted he arrived at college reading at a middle school level, he enjoyed the label.

"[Nerd]'s not a word that I'm used to hearing," Mitchell told CBS' Steve Hartman in 2014. "I was proud of it. ... It's like a badge of honor to me, knowing where I came from."

Now, less than a year since accepting the mantle of bookworm, Mitchell has another accomplishment to be proud of: his very own book.

The Bulldogs wideout appeared at Thursday's SEC media days session with a copy of The Magician's Hat, a children's book he authored and appears to have published. The book is bound and illustrated, and he's really excited to share it with the world.

Mitchell read an excerpt from his book during his press conference. He says it was inspired by the books he's read in the past and the children he's visited while working with the community in Athens.

Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman tweeted a picture of Mitchell with the book, which he called "a piece of me."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Seth Emerson and Cox Media's Logan Booker tweeted more images of Mitchell's work. Looks like a professional job.

Bruce Feldman @BruceFeldmanCFB

#UGA WR Malcolm Mitchell holding up the children's book he wrote. "This is a piece of me." Impressive dude. http://t.co/8snQAGK87m

Seth Emerson @SethWEmerson

So Malcolm Mitchell has now WRITTEN a book. It's called The Magician's Hat, and he brought it with him. http://t.co/XFhuwTYx0c

"Impressive" is certainly a word that comes to mind with Mitchell, who's dealt with setback after setback since coming to Georgia in 2011 as one of the nation's most highly touted wide receiver recruits.

Ankle sprains, a pulled hamstring, a torn meniscus and torn ACL have sidelined him for significant portions of his career at UGA. Only this April—as a fifth-year senior—did he finally play in his first Georgia G-Day spring game.

Mitchell has made do and stayed positive despite these difficulties. Football, ligaments and hamstrings are fickle, and he's found refuge from injury in books—a passion a bad bounce or awkward cut can't take away.

After all, deep down, he's just a nerd—a nerd who's published one more book than I have.

Dan is on Twitter editing his draft of Cloudy with a Chance of Bielemas.


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