Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell dies at 84

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Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell died Sunday afternoon. He was 84.

“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Bobby Mitchell,” David Baker, the Pro Football Hall of Fame President and CEO, said in a statement. “The game lost a true legend today. Bobby was an incredible player, a talented executive and a real gentleman to everyone with whom he worked or competed against. His wife Gwen and their entire family remain in our thoughts and prayers. The Hall of Fame will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration to future generations.”

The Museum’s campus in Canton, Ohio, will fly the Hall of Fame flag at half-staff in Mitchell’s memory.

Mitchell earned enshrinement in 1983.

The Browns made Mitchell a seventh-round choice out of Illinois in 1958. He spent four seasons with the Browns, playing mostly halfback.

He went to Washington in 1962. As a flanker, Mitchell led the NFL in catches with 72 that season and led the league in receiving yards in ’62 with 1,384 and in ’63 with 1,436. He had a league-leading 10 receiving touchdowns in 1964.

He played in four Pro Bowls and was named All-NFL three times.

Mitchell finished his 11-year career with 521 receptions for 7,954 yards and 65 touchdowns, while rushing for 2,735 yards and 18 touchdowns on 513 attempts.

“I was extremely saddened to hear the news about the passing of the great Bobby Mitchell,” Washington owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “Bobby was a Hall of Fame player and executive and represented the Washington Redskins organization with integrity for over 50 years. His passion for the game of football was unmatched by anyone I have ever met. Not only was he one of the most influential individuals in franchise history, but he was also one of the greatest men I have ever known. He was a true class act and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Gwen and the entire Mitchell family during this time.”

13 responses to “Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell dies at 84

  1. And those receiving numbers came in an era where it was always run first. Always sad to see a legend pass. Hats off to him and his legacy.

  2. While watching a game on TV with my Dad as a kid, I cheered loudly for Monk and my dad said, “He’s no Bobby Mitchell.” For reference, my dad is a fan of any team playing the Redskins.

  3. That’s too bad. Condolences to his family. One of my favorite Skins. We’ll miss you

  4. This was an era when players were players and weren’t all “ME ME ME” cupcakes. RIP Bobby!

  5. When you’re 13 things can start to leave life long impressions.

    And I had to look this up to be sure.

    November 17, 1963. Steelers win 38-24 at Washington. Bobby Mitchell for over 200 yards receiving, Norm Snead over 400 passing. I remember the Redskins helmets with the feather from the back to front. Steelers had a pretty good team (for them) under Buddy Parker, they were 7-4-3. Every time the ball went to Mitchell I held my breath.

    Eight days later another impressionable event in Washington. The funeral of a President.

  6. Broke the color barrier in DC with the Redskins, as owner was deeply racist. Believe the Kennedy administration helped that along a bit as well. Traded for the pick that brought the Browns Ernie Davis. One of the finest all around players and gentlemen to ever grace the league. Part of reason Paul Brown traded him to DC is that he thought Mitchell had the courage/character to deal with the situation.

  7. Great receiver and always fun to watch! If he were playing today, his stats would be off the charts.
    R.I.P. Bobby and condolences to your family.

    — Packers fan

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