Kawika Mitchell Biography
Kawika Uilani Mitchell is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at University of South Florida. Mitchell was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2nd round in 2003. Mitchell also played for the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints.
Kawika Mitchell started his college football career with the University of Georgia, but transferred to the South Florida Bulls after his freshman year. During his career he made 367 tackles, a school record, and he was nominated for the Butkus Award as a junior and senior.
Professional careerKawika Mitchell at 2007 NY Giants training camp
While playing with the Giants, Mitchell was a resident of Hoboken, New Jersey. Mitchell appeared in Super Bowl XLII, and recorded 8 tackles and a sack.
On February 29, 2008, the Buffalo Bills signed Mitchell to a five-year contract for US$17.5 million (equivalent to about $22M in 2021). Mitchell was expected to take over the starting weakside linebacker position that was shared by Coy Wire and Keith Ellison in 2007. On September 10, 2010, two days before their season started, the Bills put Mitchell on the IR, ending his season.
Mitchell and his wife Billie have a son, Lewai (pronounced Levi) and a daughter, Eliza. In 2007, Mitchell donated his game check from week 15 to Gridiron Greats which helps retired football players in dire need.
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