In 1990, the Miami Dolphins selected a 6-foot-6, 240-pound quarterback from the University of Utah in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. He would spend four years with Miami, and turn a good year in 1993, when Dan Marino tore his Achilles tendon, into a big money contract with the Detroit Lions. Ultimately, he would play for four NFL franchises, the Dolphins from 1990-1993, the Lions from 1994-1998, the Baltimore Ravens in 1999, and the Cincinnati Bengals from 2000-2001. He would also play for the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football in 1992.
That was the last time anyone really saw Scott Mitchell, a quarterback who left the game with a 55.5 career completion percentage, having thrown for 15,692 yards, with 95 touchdowns, and 81 interceptions.
Thirteen years later, Scott Mitchell is back - but for a completely different reason. The big bodied quarterback is now simply big bodied, and is looking to do something about it.
Mitchell was announced this week as a contestant on the upcoming season of NBC's The Biggest Loser. Working as a bill collector in his home state of Utah, Mitchell now tips the scales at 366-pounds. He is one of 20 contestants looking to change their lives.
According to the show's website, Mitchell decided to go on the show after "seeing his dad die of obesity-related causes early this year and knowing he could be headed down the same path if he doesn't change his life." The site goes on to state that, due to the weight, Mitchell suffers from sleep apnea and high blood pressure.
Mitchell also wants to "be there for his family," including his five children ranging in ages from 11 to 21.
Good luck to Mitchell, who will hopefully be able to reach his goals. The season premier of the show is September 11 at 8pm ET on NBC.