Formerly reading at a junior high school level, Mitchell decided to take matters into his own hands by joining an all-women book club, resulting in improvement on his reading. Give it up for Malcolm Mitchell for facing his obstacles on and off the field. To read more on this touching story, jump on it guys…

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“Somebody called me a nerd,” Mitchell said. “That’s not a word that I’m used to hearing. I was proud of it. It’s like a badge of honor to me, knowing where I came from.”

Mitchell confessed that when he started college he could only read at about a junior high level, and it bothered him. So he started putting as much effort into his reading game as his football game.

Every free moment, he had a book in his hand. He’s now reading things he never dreamed he could. And although he would never pick some of the book club selections himself, Mitchell seems to enjoy them all.

He said he is more proud of finishing the Hunger Games series in two days than he is of the touchdowns he has scored.