By / CBS News
HOUSTON — Generally speaking, Super Bowl pregame interviews aren’t a great source of stimulating conversation. And yet every year, reporters gather 12-deep for this cliché fest.
Fortunately, this year there was a rookie for New England with something novel to talk about: novels, like “Gone Girl.”
“What about her false diary, how does the author use that in the narrative?” I asked.
“Well, the diary is almost a different character in the book,” Malcolm Mitchell said.
I first met this voracious reader, wide receiver three years ago. Malcolm was in college then, playing for Georgia, when one day he ran into a woman at Barnes and Noble. She didn’t know he was a famous football player and invited him to join her book club, which he did.
And that’s how one of the top wide receivers in the country began meeting monthly with his book club lady friends.
He was the only man and the youngest by a generation. But Malcolm didn’t care — didn’t care what anyone thought.
“Somebody called me a nerd. It’s not a word that I’m used to hearing, “ Malcolm said. “I was proud of it … It’s like a badge of honor to me, knowing where I came from.”