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Kawika Mitchell
No. 55     Buffalo Bills
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: October 10, 1979 (1979-10-10) (age 30)
Place of birth: Winter Springs, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 253 lb (115 kg)
Career information
College: South Florida
NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47
Debuted in 2003 for the Kansas City Chiefs
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Tackles     460
Sacks     12.0
Interceptions     6
Stats at NFL.com

Kawika Uilani Mitchell (born October 10, 1979 in Winter Springs, Florida) is an American football linebacker for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Florida.

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Early years

Mitchell attended Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida, and as a senior, he was named a first team All-Florida pick and finished his senior season with 110 tackles on defense, and 41 rushing attempts for 225 yards with an average of 5.5 yards, and five touchdowns on offense. In middle school he played Pop Warner Football for the Eagles, where he carried an underweight second string defensive lineman on his back 70 yards into the end zone during practice.

College career

Kawika Mitchell started his college football career with the University of Georgia, but transferred to the South Florida Bulls after his freshman year.

Professional career

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New York Giants

On March 26, 2007, he agreed to a one year, $1 million deal with the New York Giants. Although he had played all of his career at middle linebacker, he won the weak side linebacker spot from Gerris Wilkinson and started the 2007 season alongside Giants Pro Bowl MLB Antonio Pierce and recently converted strong side LB Mathias Kiwanuka. After Kiwanuka fractured his fibula in the tenth week of the season, Reggie Torbor moved into the starting lineup with Mitchell and Pierce. Mitchell struggled in season-opening losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. His play rapidly improved thereafter, and he made game-changing plays in critical wins over the Washington Redskins in week 3 and the Buffalo Bills in week 16. Mitchell suffered a knee sprain in the season finale against the undefeated New England Patriots.

Mitchell became an unrestricted free agent after the 2007-2008 season after spending just one season with the Giants.

Buffalo Bills

On February 29, 2008, the Buffalo Bills signed Mitchell to a five-year contract for $17.5M. Mitchell was expected to take over the starting weakside linebacker position that was shared by Coy Wire and Keith Ellison in 2007.[1][2]

Family

Mitchell and his wife Billie have a son, Lewai (pronounced Levi) and a daughter, Eliza[3].

Charity

Mitchell donated his game check from week 15 to Gridiron Greats which helps retired football players in dire need.

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