Ex-Patriots receiver Malcolm Mitchell says he's turning to poetry to help his mental health after retiring from football ... saying the art form is "soothing."
Mitchell signed a 4-year deal in New England back in 2016 and helped the team win a Super Bowl that season. But, the 27-year-old battled injuries every year after that, and eventually retired last March.
Now, he's telling TMZ Sports he's become a writer ... and poetry has helped him transition from being a violent football player to an artist.
"It's soothing," Mitchell says. "I was talking to a reporter the other day about the mental health aspect of retiring from something you've been doing your whole life."
"Like, imagine if you couldn't do this anymore? You'd be stuck, right?"
Mitchell is currently finding HUGE success in the writing world ... he helped author the popular children's book "The Magician's Hat" -- and he's got a picture book on the way too.
But, he says poetry has become a real passion for him ... telling us, "Introducing that in a creative way is something that entices me."