Washington will retire Bobby Mitchell’s No. 49 next Thursday

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The Washington Football Team announced plans to retire Bobby Mitchell’s number in June 2020, but never did it during the 2020 season because of the absence of fans at FedEx Field.

Fans are back this season and the team announced that the ceremony retiring Mitchell’s No. 49 will be held before their Week Two game against the Giants on Thursday night. The team is also renaming the main concourse of the stadium after Mitchell and players will wear helmet decals honoring Mitchell.

Mitchell caught 393 passes for 6,492 yards and, fittingly, 49 touchdowns for Washington. He also ran 90 times for 438 yards and two touchdowns and returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

He is the second player to have his number retired by the team. Sammy Baugh is the other one.

7 responses to “Washington will retire Bobby Mitchell’s No. 49 next Thursday

  1. Great player, HOF’er. Hasn’t played in 50 years, now after he’s gone they decide to retire his number? It looks like trying to curry favor with the political people, as opposed to honoring a legend of the franchise.

  2. Long long overdue. He was the third option on some good Browns teams and the first option and only option (until Charley Taylor came along in 1964) on some really terrible Redskins teams.

  3. The first black player in the history of the franchise ignored by Snyder for the past 20 years until he died last year!

    Too little too late!

  4. He finally integrated the team in 1962. Then he moved up to the front office after he retired. He paid his dues there and was passed over for the GM job, which he deserved. Despite that he still worked for them for 40 years as a player/executive. This should have happened when he was alive. But hey.. this is Dan Snyder. No surprise

  5. An amazingly gifted,reliable professional…And an even greater leader…Bobby and Sammy..that’s about right

  6. Can’t believe such a storied franchise like this, only has two retired numbers, that’s crazy. # 28 should never be worn again, and you could make a case for almost any of The Hogs o-line, particularly Bostic, Jacoby, and Grimm.

  7. To those finding fault with Snyder for not doing this sooner, you do realize that only one player has had his number retired in the nearly 90 years the team has been around. Mitchell was a great player and broke the color barrier in Washington so he is deserving of the honor–but so are some of the other greats that have player there. Snyder didn’t have to do this and precedent was on his side. But he did do it and fans should celebrate the honor bestowed instead of attacking Snyder.

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