Last month, the New England Patriots invested a fourth round selection to draft Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell. Despite being slowed down by injuries the previous two years, the 22-year old had the best season of his college career in 2015.
While his on-field talented is apparent, Mitchell also has an off-field talent worthy of recognition: children's book author.
The former Bulldog entered college with reading deficits and decided to work on them, while also helping others work on theirs. Mitchell first joined a book club and later founded the "Reading with Malcolm" program, which saw him travel around Georgia to tell kids his story.
He also started to tell another story; one published in early 2016: the one of David, the kid who knew the power of books.
The story named "The Magician's Hat" has now received its first "book of the year"-honors: the Georgia Writers Association named Mitchell's work the state's best children's book of the year. New England's rookie wideout was able to beat out 12 fellow nominees to get the prize at the 52nd annual award show.