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29. Bobby Mitchell

Bobby Mitchell was one of the many finds that Paul Brown found in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft, in his case, the Seventh in 1958. 

Mitchell was used as an everything weapon for the Browns, rushing, receiving, and returning.  In the four seasons he competed for Cleveland, Mitchell accumulated 5,916 All-Purpose Yards, and was in the top six in all of those seasons.  With Jim Brown, Mitchell was expendable, and he was traded to Washington for the college star Ernie Davis, who unbeknownst to all parties, had leukemia and never played in the NFL.

Mitchell, who was also traded in part to force Washington to integrate, was a huge part of Washington’s offense.  He entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and was chosen for the first class of the Browns Ring of Honor in 2010.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Half Back
  • Acquired: Selected in the 7th Round, 84th Overall in the NFL Draft 1/28/58.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Washington Redskins for Ernie Davis and Leroy Jackson before the 1962 Season.

  • Games Played: 50
  • Notable Statistics:

    43 Games Started
    423 Rushing Attempts
    2,297 Rushing Yards
    16 Rushing Touchdowns
    128 Receptions
    1,462 Receiving Yards
    16 Receiving Touchdowns
    54 Punt Returns
    607 Punting Yards
    3 Punt Return Touchdowns
    62 Kick Returns
    1,550 Kick Return Yards
    2 Kick Return Touchdowns
    1 Pass Completion
    1 Pass Attempt
    23 Passing Yards
    1 Touchdown Pass
    31 Approximate Value*

    1 Playoff Game
    1 Punt Return
    2 Punt Return Yards

    *Approximate Value was not a stat until the 1960 Season

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl (1960)
    Most Yards per Kick Return (1958)

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