Former quarterback Scott Mitchell’s ‘Alive Again” gives encouragement for life
We are curious about our Utah County national celebrities. When Scott Mitchell competed on “The Biggest Loser,” we were fascinated as we watched his struggle and transformation. The former Springville High School and University of Utah quarterback from Springville was a record-setting NFL quarterback and recently a popular SHS coach for four seasons. We were all rooting for the Mapleton resident!
After his reality TV appearance, Mitchell was encouraged to write his biography to encourage others to not just lose weight and get healthy, but more importantly to move beyond the disappointments of the past and find happiness.
“I am so grateful for everyone who has helped through this journey,” wrote Mitchell. “I hope to help others along this same path. The sky is the limit!”
Readers will sympathize with him as he describes teen years filled with financial distress and family discord. The handsome high school star athlete had a miserable home life.
Mitchell describes his professional football career and the rush of being on the playing field. He reveals his despair when that career ended after 12 years in the NFL. “I just sat down on the ground and started to cry.” He mourned losing the “rush” and excitement of performing in front of 70,000 people in stadiums and on TV.
Many years later, he was again performing in front of a huge TV audience as a contestant on “The Biggest Loser.” At age 46, he now weighed 366 pounds and was terrified of ending up like his father who had recently died due to obesity-related health problems. He talks frankly about the changes he underwent as a result of that contest.
The book is filled with stories and memories Mitchell hopes will give hope to everyone facing challenges. He uses the analogy of a caterpillar emerging from a cocoon to become a butterfly to describe his transformation.
His advice includes these words: “I’ve succeeded as an athlete and failed in weight loss. The beautiful thing I’ve found is that you can learn how to perform in arenas where you struggle and feel like it’s impossible to succeed. You’ve got to learn to love yourself.”
“Alive Again” is published by Spring Creek Book Company, a local company. The book is available at www.amazon. com for $16.95.
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