Talk about a banner year for Al Mitchell.
The senior running back from Milwaukee was named the Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year, first team all-Midwest Conference and was a captain of the 2012 Forester squad that captured a share of the Midwest Conference title.
His stats were equally as impressive. Mitchell finished sixth in the league with 865 rushing yards on th eseason and scored seven touchdowns on the ground. He also caught 35 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. Mitchell finished his career with 1,977 rushing yards, the fifth highest total in school history.
So what does he do for an encore?
Mitchell was one of 44 NCAA Division III players named to the Team Stars & Stripes roster for the 2012 Tazon de Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) which was played in Mexico on Saturday, December 15th. Mitchell's coach, Jim Catanzaro, served as the team's defensive coordinator for the game.
In order to be eligible for the game, Mitchell had to be nominated by head coaches at DIII colleges to partipate in the fourth annual game that was organized by Global Football.
According to Catanzaro, Mitchell was the only player in the game to play on both sides of the ball as Team Stars & Stripes defeated Mexico's Conadeip All-Stars 32-15. But the trip to Mexico wasn't just about football as the team participated in community service as well.
The players took part in a service project in order to benefit an impoverished neighborhood of Guadalajara, Mexico. The players, along with coaches and staff members, held a football clinic for youngsters in Valle del Sol. The participants were able to try on football helmets and pads, learn to throw and catch a football and take part in basic drills. They also helped clear an area land to make it more suitable as a play area for the community's children.
Catanzaro had nothing but good things to say about his experience in Mexico.
"What Global Football has created her eis truly an amazing experience and I am loving every minute as a part of it. This has been an amazing experience for me personally," Cat said.