When Doug Mitchell thinks back to his college days, he thinks about how some of the seemingly insignificant moments were actually the big ones.
While he was at Colorado College on a hockey scholarship, he decided to look into playing for the football team. In his senior year, he got a spot as a walk-on and it completely changed the path of his life.
“The players laughed at me when I showed up. Here’s this hockey player that thinks he can play football,” Mitchell recalled.
Mitchell shocked his soon-to-be teammates and made the opening day roster. The year he spent playing for coach Jerry Carde at Colorado was pivotal for Mitchell.
“It changed my life,” he said. “I didn’t need anything but it gave me opportunities that I never dreamt of. I was able to play there then go to UBC, to try the Lions and have been involved in football ever since.”