Former UGA star Mitchell says books, football are his life

(From left) Will, Preston and Gabby Flournoy watch as NFL player Malcolm Mitchell signs their copies of his book, “The Magician’s Hat.” (Alexis Stevens/astevens@ajc.com)
(From left) Will, Preston and Gabby Flournoy watch as NFL player Malcolm Mitchell signs their copies of his book, “The Magician’s Hat.” (Alexis Stevens/astevens@ajc.com)

Malcolm Mitchell admits he didn’t like reading when growing up. His focus was football, and his skills took him from Valdosta to the University of Georgia and now the NFL.

But when he got to college, Mitchell said he finally acknowledged that he couldn’t read and write as well as should. And he challenged himself to make it happen. While still in college, Mitchell authored a children’s book titled, “The Magician’s Hat.”

On Saturday, the 24-year-old visited an Atlanta bookstore to read his book and sign dozens of copies as part of his efforts to encourage reading.

“This is just who I am,” Mitchell said. “Books. Football. Writing. This is me.”

Read more about Mitchell's mission on myajc.com.

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