Ex-Raven Scott Mitchell wants to be a loser

Ex-Raven Scott Mitchell wants to be a loser
August 6, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Do you remember Scott Mitchell as a Ravens quarterback? If you're a Baltimore fan, you have probably tried to forget.

Installed by coach Brian Billick as the Ravens starter for the 1999 season, Mitchell lasted all of two games. He went a combined 24 of 56 (42.9 percent), threw one touchdown and four interceptions and had a 0-2 record. After being benched, he never played for the Ravens again, spent two more seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and was done as an NFL player after 2001.

Now, Mitchell is back in the spotlight, seeking to show the world that he is a winner by being a loser -- as in NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Mitchell is one of two former NFL players on the latest edition of the weight-loss program along with former offensive lineman Damien Woody. The show starts up again in about a month.

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Mitchell, 6 feet 6, has reached 366 pounds, more than 120 over his playing weight.

Since his football career ended, Mitchell has been a real estate developer and a high school football coach and now is a bill collector.

Speaking to The Baltimore Sun in 2007, Mitchell lamented the way he stopped being a football player.

"You almost wish you were injured so you'd know definitively that you can't play anymore," he said. "My last year, I contacted every NFL team and offered to fly in for a tryout. Nothing. Finally, one morning I got up and said, 'It's over.' Then I sat on the grass and had a good 20-minute cry.

"I'll probably miss playing for the rest of my life. But I've moved on."

Now, forgiving Ravens fans can watch Mitchell and cheer for him to lose.