Bo Levi Mitchell already has a decorated CFL resume, but it’s nowhere near what Mitchell wants to accomplish by the end of his career.
The six-foot-two, 205-pound quarterback has won two Grey Cups, two Grey Cup MVPs, two CFL Most Outstanding Player awards, and holds the best winning percentage in league history (.794).
Mitchell set out his goals on the Horse Power Podcast:
Seven Grey Cups would tie Bill Stevenson and Hank Ilesic for the most by one player in CFL history.
“Seven MOPs to beat [Doug] Flutie.”
Flutie earned six CFL MOP trophies during his illustrious career in Canada.
“82,000 to beat [Anthony] Calvillo.”
Calvillo retired as the all-time leader passer in CFL history 79,816.
“And hold on to the all-time win percentage.”
Mitchell’s current win-loss-tie record is a ridiculous 77-18-2.
Through eight CFL seasons, Mitchell has completed 65 percent of his passes for 27,937 yards with 169 touchdowns against 70 interceptions in 136 games, 97 starts.
The gunslinger averages approximately 280 yards per start when you factor in yards accumulated as a backup, which means he’ll need to start 188 mores games — 10 or 11 CFL seasons — to catch Calvillo and reach his desired 82,000 mark.
That’s not unrealistic considering Mitchell is just 31 years of age.
Health will be critical for Mitchell to be able to achieve his goals. He’s fully healed from an upper body injury which limited him to 11 games in 2019. Dr. Neal ElAttrache took care of the cortisone shot and surgery to ensure Mitchell rehabs back to full health.
“I’m throwing 60 to 100 balls every time with the guys and there’s so much good and a little bit of bad. It’s more of a learning experience than it is a worry or a pain where you’re like, ‘Oh man, is this going to last?’” Mitchell said.
“After getting the surgery, I know that my shoulder is structurally sound and now it’s just building that capacity and building that strength throughout my entire body.”