Remembering Kevin Mitchell: Five Years Later

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Remembering Kevin Mitchell: Five Years Later

Postby Jake » Sat May 05, 2012 11:14 am

Here's an excerpt from my interview with the widow of former Redskin Kevin Mitchell:

While Redskins fans were still buzzing on Monday after the most anticipated draft in decades, Denise Mitchell spent the day at her husbands grave. She and their three children, Jonathan (9), Kayla (7) and Alyssa (4) laid flowers on his grave and reflected on what was, as well as what could have been. To commemorate the day, the family went out to dinner to celebrate his life and reflect some more.

Monday April 30 marked the five-year anniversary of former Redskin linebacker Kevin Mitchell's untimely death. Here in the D.C. area, the day came and went as any other day would. But for Denise, April 30th has as much significance now as it ever has.

"We visit his grave faithfully on his birthday, Father's Day, and the anniversary of his passing," she said.

"We typically stay home together as a family on the 30th (his brother and mother included) and do everything he always loved to do, which includes preparing a huge meal and watching comedy movies. The kids watch home videos and love it."

Denise recalls the night of his death proceeding as any other Sunday would for their family.


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Postby Irn-Bru » Sat May 05, 2012 11:58 am

Excellent work, Jake. A very sad story, but one worth knowing.
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Postby Countertrey » Sat May 05, 2012 11:58 am

It was a bit difficult reading this... both because the subject is the anniversary of the loss of a truly good man to his family and the world...

but also because it was so well written.

Kevin Mitchell was one of those people who just made a team better... not because he was a good player... but because he was an excellent man.

It's been a pleasure watching your growth as a writer. Penning so touching an article on a very difficult and very personal subject is simply proof that you are on your way.

Well done... and, thank you. =D>
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Postby Deadskins » Mon May 07, 2012 10:11 am

Great job, Jake! That was a tremendous read. Thank you.
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Postby SkinsJock » Mon May 07, 2012 10:54 am

a very moving piece

thanks Jake
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Postby Jake » Mon May 07, 2012 6:32 pm

Thanks so much everyone! It was an honor to write this piece on Kevin.
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Postby Countertrey » Mon May 07, 2012 8:01 pm

It was very well done, Jake. Thank YOU.
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Postby SouthLondonRedskin » Tue May 08, 2012 3:19 am

Jake wrote:Thanks so much everyone! It was an honor to write this piece on Kevin.


Yeah, good work fella.
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Postby Jake » Thu May 10, 2012 3:27 pm

Thanks a ton. :-D
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Postby NC43Hog » Thu May 10, 2012 8:03 pm

Nice work Jake
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Postby Jake » Thu May 17, 2012 2:27 pm

Thanks Scott!
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