Making Good on A Promise:
On February 5, 2008, Longview's Malcolm Kelly vowed that he would not only endorse one of the most influential charities in the world, Mercy Ships, but promised he would visit one of the countries the charity is committed to helping.
For Malcolm, that country is Liberia.
On July 3, 2008, Malcolm will make good on his promise. The Washington Redskin wide receiver along with family, friends and athletic trainer Chip Smith will visit the Africa Mercy, docked at Monrovia Liberia.
KLTV 7 Sports Director Maya Golden and photojournalist David Gober will travel with the group, documenting Malcolm's life changing visit.
Message From Malcolm:
As everyone knows over the past six months, after I decided to become a member of the Mercy Ships family , a lot has been going on. There's a lot of anticipation about going on the trip and here in the next few weeks I will be going over there. It will be the trip of a lifetime. I'm really excited to see what I'm going to see. I know I'm going to be shocked by a lot of things. I also know that I'm going to be thankful for a lot of the things that I have over here. I'm going over there to be a part of those people's lives. It's going to be a special thing. - Malcolm
- You can also watch Malcolm's special video diary with his thoughts on the trip in the video player at right.
Malcolm Kelly's Biography:
Team: Washington Redskins
Position: Wide Receiver
Acquisition: Second round draft pick, 51st overall pick
Hometown: Longview, Texas
The Washington Redskins announced April 26 that they had selected University of Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly in the second-round (51st overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Kelly (6-3, 219 pounds) appeared in 39 games while at Oklahoma with 34 starts. He finished his career as the school's fifth-leading receiver with 144 receptions.
He also ranks second on the Sooners' all-time record list for receiving yardage (2,285), touchdown catches (21) and 100-yard receiving games (nine).
His 21 scoring receptions also tied for seventh in Big 12 Conference history.
Kelly was an All-Big 12 Conference second-team choice following his final season when he started all 14 games and finished with 49 catches for 821 yards and nine touchdowns.
He was ranked 15th in the conference with an average of 58.6 yards per game.
Kelly attended Longview High School in Texas, where he was a three-time All-District first-team wide receiver, adding All-State accolades as a junior and senior.
He hauled in 29 passes for 638 yards (22.1-yard average) and nine touchdowns as a senior in high school.