FormerNFLquarterback ScottMitchellplansbook signings in Springville
Scott Mitchell has achieved many triumphs throughout his life. He is a former NFL star who led Springville High School to its only state football championship in 1985. He also had a successful four-year stint as the school’s head coach. He seemingly had it all.
But by early 2014, Mitchell was a ticking time bomb. At age 46, the former record-setting quarterback was bloated and worn-out, topping the scale at 366 pounds. As Mitchell saw his father die from obesity-related issues, he knew he was watching his own future.
Then a “divine accident” happened. Mitchell became a contestant on the reality TV show “The Biggest Loser: Glory Days” and soon came to the stark realization he was emotionally dead inside. He felt like a dying caterpillar, ready to go into a cocoon.
As the weeks went by on the show, Mitchell evaluated every aspect of his life. He saw how his athletic success was mirrored by a challenging home life growing up, where all he had really wanted was a hug.
Mitchell developed a simple game plan to change his life. For the first time, he began to love himself. He got to work and surrounded himself with a good team to keep him accountable. He finally was in control of his own destiny. The caterpillar had emerged from his cocoon as a majestic butterfly!
Mitchell’s odyssey of triumph, tragedy and redemption shows the power of moving beyond life’s obstacles and becoming alive again. Scott lost 120 pounds during his stay on the TV show, and he has maintained that weight in the months that have followed.
Chad Daybell, the president of Mitchell’s publisher Spring Creek Books, feels Mitchell’s message is one that reaches beyond sports into everyday life.
“Scott has truly lived the hero’s journey,” Daybell said. “He experienced great success on the football field and in other aspects of his life, but after suffering a tumble, he has fought his way back to where he wants to be. The book is an inspiring view of how life sometimes can get you down, but it also shows how you can bounce back.”
The book is available locally at Seagull Book and Ream’s in Springville. It can also be purchased through Amazon.com. Mitchell will be signing books at Ream’s grocery store on Saturday, June 6, and Saturday, June 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. each day.
In his book “Alive Again,” former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell details his journey from feeling emotionally dead inside to gaining control of his own destiny. He will sign copies of his book on June 6 and 20 at Ream’s in Springville.