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NFL ALL-PRO AND FORMER BRONCO QUINTIN MIKELL TO VISIT BOISE

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BOISE, Idaho -- Former Boise State University star and current Philadelphia Eagles starting safety Quintin Mikell will be in Boise this weekend making public appearances at two different events. 

The first meet and greet with Mikell will be this Friday (Feb. 27) on the Boise State campus, with the other on Saturday (Feb. 28) at the Boise Towne Square Mall.  Both are free of charge to the public and provide a chance for autographs and pictures with one of the rising stars in the NFL, while also showing support for Bronco football by picking up the 2008 "No Off-Season" Commemorative DVD.

Friday’s event will be from Noon to 1:30 pm at the Bronco Stadium Shop located on the west side of Bronco Stadium near the Allen Noble Hall of Fame Gallery.  On Saturday, Mikell will be upstairs in front of the Blue and Orange Store at the Boise Towne Square Mall from Noon to 2:00 pm.  Bronco merchandise, including the "No Off-Season" DVD will be on sale, as will Quintin Mikell photographs.  All media are welcome to attend the events, and Mikell will be available for interviews on both days.

"I am truly looking forward to being in Boise and seeing all the fans. It's a way for me to keep connected to a city and a program that has truly helped shape me," said Mikell.  "It's going to be a great weekend of saying thank you to the Bronco fans and also being able to see for myself how far the Boise State program has come."

Mikell was one of the key building blocks in the national rise of Bronco football.  The four year starter (1999-2002) was a member of Boise State's first Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly division I-A) conference championship and bowl team in 1999, and was the defensive leader on two other league title and Humanitarian Bowl championship teams in 2000 and 2002.

He earned Big West Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player honors in 2000 and was voted Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, the only Bronco player to earn league MVP honors in two different conferences.  His 401 career tackles ranks second all-time at Boise State, while his eight forced fumbles in 2002 set an NCAA record at the time and currently ranks second in college football single season history.

This past season was Mikell's sixth with the Philadelphia Eagles, and first as a full-time starter.  He led the Eagles with 169 tackles, while ranking second on the team with four forced fumbles and three interceptions.  Mikell was rewarded for the breakout season by being voted second team All-Pro by the Associated Press, one of two former Broncos (along with Ryan Clady of the Denver Broncos) earning All-Pro recognition in 2008.

During the Eagles 2008 run to the NFC Championship game, Mikell made 26 total tackles in three playoff games.  He also picked off Giants quarterback Eli Manning to secure the 23-11 NFC Divisional Playoff win over New York.

"He's a beast. He's an animal. He's just an old-school football player," said Eagle teammate and fellow defensive back Sheldon Brown.  "He'll have a bloody nose, bloody mouth, you're going to look at him and he's going to line up again and bring it."

Mikell owns 318 career tackles and five interceptions on defense, while his 126 special teams tackles since 2003 leads the Eagle team.  His aggressive special teams play earned Mikell Philadelphia's Special Teams MVP Award in 2005 and 2006, and a spot on Sports Illustarted's Paul Zimmerman's All-Pro Team as a special teamer in 2006.

Mikell originally signed with Boise State in February of 1998 out of Willamette High School in Salem, Oregon, red-shirting during the 1998 season.  After his stellar Bronco career ended, he joined the Eagles as a free agent in 2003, making the opening day roster and playing in at least 14 games every season since. 

He completed his communications degree from Boise State in 2005.