A Burlington Iowa native, Mitch King is beyond excited to be able to bring the Extra Heartbeat Football Academy to Southeast Iowa. Mitch brings a balance of excitement, leadership, determination, and experience to the Academy. Mitch and staff will stress the importance of having and being that “Extra Heartbeat” on and off the playing field. “Educating and sharing our knowledge of the game of football with the young student athletes will be our #1 priority”. The desire and determination Mitch played with allowed him to achieve his childhood dream of becoming a Hawkeye and playing in the National Football League. Mitch played for Burlington Community High School where he was named to the All-State Selection team. He then received a full-ride scholarship to compete for the University of Iowa. As a Hawkeye, Mitch was a 4-year starter and letter winner and was named First Team Freshmen All-American. 2008 marked a big year for Mitch as he received First Team All-American honors, Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Team Captain and MVP. He was a first team All-Big Ten player his junior and senior years and ranks 41st in career tackles for the University. Mitch was also a member of the Leadership Counsel for the football program. After college Mitch competed as a defensive lineman for several top NFL teams. After wrapping up his playing career, Mitch is eager to pass along his knowledge and passion for the game of football.