By Joe Vitale:
Featured photo: Twitter/Logan Booker
Former UGA wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is only 22 years old, but he has already touched the life’s of so many with his inspiring story. Not only has he overcome a torn ACL and numerous other injuries en route to becoming an NFL wide receiver (Mitchell was drafted by the New England Patriots on Saturday), but he has also done something equally as impressive: Inspired thousands of people through the power of reading.
You most likely know the story by now. Mitchell, a former top-100 recruit out of Valdosta, came to UGA with very little ability to read – reading at a middle school level. Half-a-decade later, Mitchell is not only an avid reader, but also the author of his own children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat”, which he reads to students at local elementary schools very often.
Though not a child, Mitchell was able to inspire someone else: Academy Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon, who caught hold of Mitchell’s success story and has now invited him to join her book club. Quite the honor for Mitchell, and the much deserved recognition has been rolling in lately for him. Just last week, he was featured on the Steve Harvey Show to discuss his story and his love for reading. Next, he was drafted into the NFL, which sparked the national media to help spread his story.
New England gets a good one!
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) May 1, 2016