795 71 8 LINKEDIN 1 COMMENTMORE

ATHENS, Ga. -- University of Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is a star on the field. But he's a star with a secret passion -- for books.

Mitchell says he didn't read that much growing up, because he was always outside playing football. One day, on an outing to Barnes & Noble, he saw Kathy Rackley. She was holding a stack of books, and he thought she looked like she knew a lot about them. So he asked her for a book recommendation.

The two struck up a conversation and when Rackley mentioned she had just joined a book club, Mitchell asked her if he could join too. Mind you, this book club is all women, and they're all older than Mitchell's own mother.

Considering there were no other men in the group, Mitchell said he thought, "I don't have a chance." He was wrong.

The women welcomed him, and now he meets with them once a month to discuss books. He says they have become family, that they invite him to their homes to eat and to hang out with their children, "who are my age," he joked.

"All the ladies in the club are great people and good friends, so the relationships are great and I cherish them," Mitchell added.

LEARN MORE | Malcolm Mitchell joins an Athens book club

Read or Share this story: http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/athens/2014/08/13/malcolm-mitchell-book-club/13989927/