When Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell isn’t catching passes on the field, you can find him … at an Athens women’s book club. Sounds crazy, right?
I might be going out on a limb here, but I’d be willing to bet that Mitchell is the only college football player in the country that enjoys spending time each month discussing books with a group of ladies.
According to 11alive.com, a Barnes & Noble trip led him to his hobby.
Mitchell says he didn’t read that much growing up, because he was always outside playing football. One day, on an outing to Barnes & Noble, he saw Kathy Rackley. She was holding a stack of books, and he thought she looked like she knew a lot about them. So he asked her for a book recommendation.
The two struck up a conversation and when Rackley mentioned she had just joined a book club, Mitchell asked her if he could join too. Mind you, this book club is all women, and they’re all older than Mitchell’s own mother.
The ladies in the book club have even developed into a second family (or third, considering UGA) for the wide out.
The women welcomed him, and now he meets with them once a month to discuss books. He says they have become family, that they invite him to their homes to eat and to hang out with their children, “who are my age,” he joked.
Cue the NCAA looking right past the fantastic story here to draw a bead on the meals Mitchell is receiving from his new-found family.
For more on Mitchell’s unique interest, check out his interview on GeorgiaDogs.com.