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144. Brian Mitchell

The Washington Redskins drafted Brian Mitchell in the 5th Round of the 1990 Draft, where the Running Back found his true calling as a Return Specialist.  Mitchell played the entire 1990s with Washington, where he would win a Super Bowl (XXVI), and with his vast amount of returns (both kick and punt), he was a four-time league leader in All-Purpose Yards (1994, 1995, 1996 & 1998).  While he was only a Pro Bowl Selection once, there was no doubt that he was the most dependable Special Teams player of the decade.

At the turn of the century, Mitchell would play four more seasons, three with Philadelphia and one with the New York Giants, where he continued his run as a top returner.

As of this writing, Mitchell is the all-time leader in Return Yards in 19,013 Yards and with his additional 1,967 Rushing Yards and 2,336 Receiving Yards gave him a total of 23,330 All-Purpose Yards, second to only Jerry Rice.  When you have that type of yardage, surely the Pro Football Hall of Fame has to notice.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Fort Polk, Louisiana, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Thursday, 01 January 2009
  • Position: Punt Returner, Running Back
  • Games Played: 223
  • Notable Statistics: 463 Punt Returns
    4,999 Punt Return Yards
    9 Punt Return Touchdowns
    607 Kick Returns
    14,014 Kick Return Yards
    4 Kick Return Touchdowns
    388 Rushing Attempts
    1,967 Rushing Yards
    12 Rushing Touchdowns
    255 Receptions
    2,336 Receiving Yards
    4 Receiving Touchdowns
    7 Passing Completions
    18 Passing Attempts
    38.9 Pass Completion Percentage
    168 Passing Yards
    1 Touchdown Pass
    2 Interceptions
    52.3 Passer Rating
    49 Approximate Value

    16 Playoff Games
    34 Punt Returns
    339 Punt Return Yards
    36 Kick Returns
    875 Kick Return Yards
    1 Kick Return Touchdown
    38 Rushing Attempts
    232 Rushing Yards
    1 Rushing Touchdown
    19 Receptions
    145 Receiving Yards
  • Played For: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins
  • College: Louisiana Lafayette
  • Drafted: 5th Round, 130th Overall in 1990
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Rings (Washington Redskins, XXVI)
    First Team All-Pro (1995)
    Second Team All-Pro (1991 & 1994)
    Pro Bowl (1995)
    Most All-Purpose Yards (1994, 1995, 1996 & 1998)
    Most Punt Return Yards (1991)
    Most Yards per Punt Return (1994)
    Most Returns (1994 & 1998)
    Most Return Yards (1994)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: All-Purpose Yards (6) (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999)
    Top Ten Finishes: Kick Returns (8) (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 & 2003)
    Top Ten Finishes: Kick Return Yards (8) (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 & 2003)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Kick Return (4) (1994, 1995, 2001 & 2002)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Returns (5) (1991, 1998, 1999, 2001 & 2002)
    Top Ten Finishes: Punt Return Yards (7) (1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2002)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Punt Return (9) (1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001 & 2002)
    Top Ten Finishes: Returns (12) (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003)
    Top Ten Finishes: Return Yards (12) (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2003)

  • Notable All Time Rankings: 1. Kick Returns: 607
    1. Kick Return Yards: 14,014
    1. Punt Returns: 463
    1. Punt Return Yards: 4,999
    1. Returns: 1,070
    1. Return Yards: 19,013
    2. All-Purpose Yards: 23,330
    31. Yards per Punt Return: 10.8

Should Brian Mitchell be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 91.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 4.3%
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