Jesse Palmer certainly knows what Georgia Bulldog Malcolm Mitchell’s daily routine must be like, after all, the current ESPN college football analyst and Good Morning America contributor, was a student-athlete himself at a high profile SEC program.
So when the former Florida Gator was tasked with announcing the team captain of the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, Palmer was honored just to be mentioned in the same breath. “I am very lucky to be partnering with Allstate and the AFCA in helping honor 22 college football players, outstanding student-athletes, to this year’s team,” Palmer said in an exclusive interview with byteclay.com on Dec. 9.
Celebrating 24 years, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® is comprised of 22 college football players whose community service activities and selfless acts stand out among the many student-athletes participating in the sport.
The award recipients, from all divisions of the sport, were selected by a special voting panel from nominations submitted by sports information directors on behalf of their teams. Past Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members included brothers Peyton and Eli Manning and NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“This award is probably the most prestigious and esteemed off-the-field honor in college football. These student-athletes have been completely selfless with their time, balancing not only college football and academics, but giving back to their communities,” according to Palmer.
Throughout the college football season, fans could visit ESPN.com/Allstate to read the inspirational stories from sponsoring orphans in Ethiopia, to founding a program that helps underprivileged youth pursue a college degree as well as vote for the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® captain.
Palmer announced that University of Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell was selected as this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® captain, a selection that he called “a phenomenal choice”. Mitchell will be given his award at the 2015 Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN on Thursday. Some of the endeavors that Mitchell has accomplished recently are the publication of a children’s book – “The Magician’s Hat”, as well as working with a local book club to launch “Reading with Malcolm” for children.
“I think a lot of people, especially in SEC country are familiar with Malcolm and what he has accomplished on the field as a player, but his dedication to promoting education and literacy among young people in the greater Athens (Ga.) area is simply exemplary,” Palmer explained. “To be named to the Good Works team is an honor in and of itself, but for Malcolm to be named captain is a tremendous achievement for him.”
Mitchell and his fellow 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members will bring their passion for volunteerism to the city of New Orleans by coaching a football clinic for local children before the 2016 Allstate® Sugar Bowl®.
To see the fine work of the 2015 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, fans can go to ESPN.com/Allstate.