Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, TJ Mixson learned that nothing in football is given, it's earned. But for the Carolina star, college football is just part of the equation.
Mixson’s rise to FCS stardom began at West Charlotte High School, where he dazzled both on and off the field. In the classroom, Mixson excelled with a 4.2 grade point average and was honored with the invitation to give a ceremonial speech at his graduation. On the gridiron, Mixson transcended all expectations but his own, rushing for 1800 yards and scoring 26 touchdowns as quarterback his senior season.
Now a redshirt senior at Hampton University, Mixson is on pace to break school records for receptions and receiving yards. “He’s a pro,” said Mixson’s coach. “He has the ability to stretch the field.” Mixson has also been stepping up into a leadership role on the team, pushing his team to a 6-5 record, a large improvement from the team’s 3-9 standing the season before. Mixson was honored with back to back ALL MEAC honors in 2014 and 2015.
Mixson’s story, however, stretches much farther than football. Now graduated with a bachelor's degree in sports management, Mixson looks to take full advantage of his redshirt senior season by pursuing a master's degree in sports administration. "It's kind of a two-in-one deal," Mixson said. "If I did what I needed to do in four years, I could get an extra degree. That's what I took from it." Mixson’s long term dream is to become an athletic director.
Off campus, Mixson readies himself superbly for adult life through an internship with Under Armor, the same company that by coincidence recently started representing Hampton University. Mixson set up a Linkedin profile and applied for the internship online, to find that he was advanced to a round of interviews. The higher-ups at Under Armor undoubtedly saw the potential in Mixson as he got the position, and now commutes to Baltimore via 40 minute train ride each day. At Under Armor, Mixson works as a trainer and health advisor while learning the business from the industry’s top professionals.
Mixson spends free time working with his lifelong friends on G.O.O.D. Karma, a nonprofit organization they started that raises money for hospital children.
Mixson starts his senior season on September 3rd against Old Dominion.