Your response is embarrassing because of being such an arrogant about it. Why and you be civil. Trying to be a big shot.
Please read this article from 2003. Shows that many clubs didn't see an elite aspect to his game. But weight of performance got it done.....
Young gun Mitchell makes it his way
By Nabila Ahmed
September 05 2003
2003 AFL Rising Star Sam Mitchell.
Even as he continued to be ignored by AFL clubs around the country, Margo Mitchell always believed her son Sam would be a star.
There was something about Mitchell - yesterday crowned the 2003 AFL Rising Star - that set him apart from his peers, even in primary school, she said.
"I've always had faith in Sam because he's always had inner strength. It didn't matter how much opposition he got, even at school, he always was determined to do it his way," she explained yesterday.
So when Mitchell received not a single reply to the letters he sent to every AFL club after being overlooked for the draft at the end of 2000, Margo knew her son would use the disinterest to fuel rather than douse his ambitions.
Her belief was confirmed yesterday, when Mitchell, who played 21 games and an instrumental role in Hawthorn's late-season revival, was named the country's best young talent of 2003.
The 20-year-old, who reads biographies of famous leaders - it's that of legendary Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi at the moment - and also leads the competition on clearances, polled 33 votes - seven ahead of Fremantle defender Graham Polak.
A humble Mitchell described the win as an honour and a triumph for players who were not natural-born stars in the athletic mould of last year's rising star Nick Riewoldt or 2001 winner Justin Koschitzke.
"Hopefully, it gives a few more guys who don't have the leg speed in the under-18 competition or wherever . . . a bit of a chance," Mitchell said.
Although conceding he had a tough road to the top, Mitchell, who was not picked up by Hawthorn until the 2001 draft, refused to dwell on his hardships. "I guess when I didn't get anything from the AFL clubs . . . I thought, 'I'm a long way away now', but you've just got to keep your belief."
The dashing midfielder said he would give back his medal in a flash if it meant the Hawks could play on in September.
His coach Peter Schwab, who initially thought Mitchell a little too slow for elite football but was forced to pick him after his Liston Trophy performance with Box Hill, heralded Mitchell's win as proof that Australian football remained a game for all body types and shapes.
"He's got an exceptional talent to win the ball in clearance and stoppage situations and under pressure," Schwab said.
"I remember (former AFL coach) Malcolm Blight saying you've got to have one thing you can hang your hat on . . . He's got more than that, believe me, but his ability in that area is exceptional, it's elite."