Khalif Mitchell took a look in the mirror and didn’t like what he saw.
In one of those moments of clarity, Mitchell soon realized the player the Argos were watching on the field had very little resemblance to the player that once terrorized opponents.
Mitchell is one of those rare birds in the CFL, a free spirit who isn’t afraid to express himself, someone who walks a fine line and at times crosses that line.
“I was trying to find my niche, trying to figure out where I fit in,” Mitchell began of his brief time in Toronto. “I started walking around the field (prior to Friday night’s kickoff in Winnipeg) and Ed Philion (Toronto’s defensive line coach) asked me: ‘Are you all right?’
“I said: ‘Yeah, I feel amazing.’ I looked in the mirror and told myself to just go.”
Finally, Mitchell exhaled, able to unleash his emotions and play with an edge he hadn’t been able to achieve in his first three games in Double Blue.