Mitchell, Scott

Cards: Action Packed 1990, Score 1990, Ultimate WLAF 1991, Wild Card WLAF 1992.
Acquired: In Person, 1992. San Antonio Riders v. Orlando Thunder. TTM 2010, c/o  Springville High School, UT.
Sent:  3/12   Received: 7/10  (120 days)

Scott Mitchell was drafted by the Dolphins in the 4th round of the 1990 draft from Utah. Mitchell would ride the Dolphins bench for the next three seasons, preparing to be the heir to Dan Marino.  He was loaned to the WLAF in 1992 in an attempt by both the NFL and the WLAF to drum up the talent of the league by showcasing young and promising talent, while providing them ‘game live’ experience. (The Thunder’s drafting of Mitchell was slightly surprising because they already had a talented run ‘n shoot gunslinger in Kerwin Bell.) Mitchell would play well that season and lead the team to World Bowl II where they would lose to the eventual champion Sacramento Surge. Scott would return to the Dolphins and see starting duty for the Dolphins in 1993 playing so well that he would bolt in free agency for Detroit in the offseason that year.  Initially struggling upon his arrival, Mitchell adjusted to the offense and reclaimed the starting position with a vengeance in 1995. He was with the Lions when they made the playoff teams in 1994, 1995, and 1997.  Mitchell would play for the Ravens in 1999 and then finish his career in Cincinnati (2000-2001).  Scott recently has turned to coaching and was hired in 2010 to coach for Springville High School in Utah.

I wandered onto the field before the game and picked up Scott’s autograph on his Action Packed 1990 and Score 1990 card. It was a lazy day, and the security didn’t care. As the team hadn’t even started warm ups, I thought it would be okay. Scott rolled his eyes at me as he signed, but then again he may have been looking down at me as he is 6″6′.  I got these additional cards, primarily through card boxes I got off of Ebay in the last year and reading his Wikipedia entry, I was able to do the rest of the research to locate him at Springville High School. After typically about 30 days, I sorta give up on receiving the autographs back- so I was pleasantly surprised to receive this autograph in the mail a mere 120 days after I sent away for it.

NFL      Games 99   Att  2346   Comp  1301  Pct  55.5  Yds  15692  TD 95  Int  81
WLAF  Games 10   Att  361      Comp  201    Pct  55.7   Yds    2213  TD 12  Int 7