Malcolm Mitchell gets emotional when discussing retirement, acknowledges he made sure to go out a Patriot

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Last week, at a University of Georgia event, Malcolm Mitchell announced his retirement from the NFL.

The wide receiver struggled with knee injuries and just couldn't stay healthy enough to get on the field.

Appearing at a Read with Malcolm program in South Boston Thursday, Mitchell got emotional when asked by ESPN's Mike Reiss if he had anything to add.

“You know, I am not 100 percent sure where I will end up in life," he said. "With football, it is easy to see into the future and build and idea of where you want to end up. With that gone it has been a little hazy to see where I will end up. But, one thing I hope people in New England know is that I made sure I went out a Patriot.”

The Read with Malcolm program goals are to introduce book ownership to students in households where reading is not a priority and to improve literacy in schools with below grade-level reading skills. Mitchell is the author of a children's book.

Mitchell was drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 draft and played a big part in the Patriots winning Super Bowl LII over the Falcons. As a rookie, Mitchell caught 32 passes for 401 yards and four touchdowns, but that would be his only NFL season.

The Georgia product couldn't get on the field at all in 2017 and then last year was released during training camp as he just couldn't get on the field. Mitchell admitted a few weeks ago he wanted to play again, but it just seems like his knee wouldn't let him.

-- Former #Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell made an appearance at a school in South Boston today as part of his @ReadWithMalcolm program. He was finishing up speaking @MikeReiss asked him if he had anything else to say - he said made sure he went out a Patriot #WBZ @MalcolmJarod pic.twitter.com/SRFQ7KzsyJ

— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) March 28, 2019