FormerNFLquar­ter­back Scot­tMitchellplans­book sign­ings in Springville

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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.

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