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Hey Mitch,

I am very proud of you, mate. I am proud because you played your heart and body to exhaustion like you do every week. I am proud of you because you committed publicly to you team mates and those you represent without worrying about the consequences of losing. That was a risk and you are now bruised from it . It's the same as the way you play, you will commit to defend and attack whoever is in front of you and take the consequences later. Not many do that.

I am proud of you because you will back up and do it again this week and won't complain. You, as usual will dust yourself off, regather and lead your team mates around the field and lead by example.

You see, footy, indeed life, is not just about the skill of can I kick on a sixpence? or can I land every pass where I want it?. That's just dressing. It's really about courage, endurance, attitude, the ability to back up, strength of character and leadership. Thats right, its ultimately about character. That very essence of humanity. That fundamental element that makes some rise above the rest. You have been endowed with more than most and practice it every day. Indeed, there is hardly a player ever at Origin level who doesnt have a load of it. You have more than most. All of which you display every week, every training session and it walks along side of you even when you walk in a room. I know because I have experienced that when you walk into my company.

Your family is proud of you, your Club is proud of you and most of all your teammates are proud of you. I saw the messages from Sonny and Jared and Frank-Paul and son I tell you what, I rarely get emotional but that solidarity off the field really charged me up and tells me you have respect from the highest levels.

So remember, when all around you seems to be buzzing and some begrudgers are bagging you the only ones that count are your family and your footy family . In your case that's an army of people and one that is unbeatable!

Thanks for being an inspiration to me today Mitchell.


Mark Bouris

Mark Bouris is a Director of the Sydney Roosters
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